Thunder waive Patrick Patterson, reportedly Clippers-bound
NBA.com Global on Aug 02, 2019 07:58 AM
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There's a buyout in Oklahoma City, but it came in the frontcourt.
Veteran forward Patrick Patterson, who played a limited role off the bench last season (averaging 13.4 minutes) with the Thunder, has been waived.
The news was first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who followed by indicating that Patterson intends to sign with the LA Clippers, which would offer another experienced big to a team expected to contend for the NBA championship after adding Kawhi Leonard in free agency and Paul George via trade.
LAC is left with the vet minimum exception- Patterson has 9 years of service- $2.3M with a $1.6M cap hit. The Clippers will now have 14 guaranteed contracts. https://t.co/aSnoLiTiHI— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) August 1, 2019
Patterson, a renowned defensive presence and locker room leader, posted career-lows of 3.6 points and 1.7 rebounds in 2018-19 with the Thunder. A nine-year veteran, Patterson spent time in Houston, Sacramento and Toronto prior to the Oklahoma City.