Deal includes player option on the third year, league sources tell ESPN. Patterson gets a starting job on contender in a tough marketplace.
Brett Dawson: Side note: Billy Donovan recruited Patrick Patterson really hard at Florida. He ended up choosing Kentucky over the Gators and Duke.
Albert Nahmad: Thunder, with Patrick Patterson signing, up to $115M guaranteed to 11 players, with Andre Roberson RFA. Tax line is $119M.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent forward Patrick Patterson has agreed to a three-year, $16.4M deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources tell ESPN.
Two external free agents believed to be of interest to the Heat: Sacramento small forward Rudy Gay and Toronto power forward Patrick Patterson. Gay has a home in Miami and has long had great interest in the Heat, according to a source. He has spoken with several teams, including Oklahoma City and Golden State, but hasn’t committed anywhere and likely would be receptive to Heat interest.
Marc J. Spears: With Boogie gone, sources say Kings intent on landing vet PF. Keep eye on Dave Joeger's ex-big Zach Randolph, Patrick Patterson & Taj Gibson
Josh Lewenberg: As far as I'm aware, Patrick Patterson (a free agent this summer) never showed up for his end-of-season physical and locker clean-out today
Ryan Wolstat: Patrick Patterson said "I'm fine" when I asked if he is 100%. Isn't sure either what future holds. Said he has great memories here.
The power forward was asked on Tuesday whether he is approaching this season any differently since he will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. “Oh yeah, definitely,” Patterson told reporters after practice. “It’s a contract year. Everybody wants to get paid and I’m one of those guys included. I want to be successful. I want my team, most importantly, to be successful.” With the salary cap exploding upward, Patterson will double, maybe even triple his previous annual salary (roughly $6 million U.S. per season). “Going into this year the focus is a lot more different. My attitude, my demeanour and the way I carry myself on and off the court is just going to be drastically different than the years before,” he said.
March 5, 2021 | 7:03 am EST Update
Darren Wolfson: From some correspondence with somebody close to Collins, that camp views this situation, the idea of Collins playing next to KAT as favorable.
If nothing happens, Randle stands to be a restricted free agent in 2022. “We’ll see when we get to that time,” Randle said. “But right now, I’m really just focused on what we have to do as a team. That’s so far ahead in the future. When that time presents itself I’ll be ready, we’ll talk or whatever, but I’m really just focused on this team, first off getting a win [Thursday] going into All-Star break, getting my body right so I’m healthy, staying on top of what I have to, starting off the second half of the season strong. That’s where my focus is right now.”
Darren Wolfson: The Wolves had trade interest in Gordon last year, February-January of 2020. They talked to Orlando. They’ve been trying to trade for Aaron Gordon for a while. They view him as a really good fit next to Karl-Anthony Towns. So the Wolves have engaged Orlando in numerous talks. In fact, I’ll advance it here by saying I’m told that the Wolves made Orlando a pretty nice offer before Gordon got hurt sometime earlier this calendar year. So they talked to Orlando around draft time. Then at some point after the season started. I’m told they made some sort of offer. I don’t have specifics on what that offer entailed. Clearly, it wasn’t enough to get a deal done.
From the looks of things, you seem more aggressive, you’re embracing the role of being the primary option and you look happy with the Hornets. Is this correct? Hayward: For sure. I’m really enjoying my time in Charlotte, certainly the role’s a little bit different, one that I’m embracing. It’s a season I’m really enjoying.
So let’s discuss the elephant in the room. When did you decide to leave the Celtics and why? Hayward: Not until that day when I decided. There was so much that happened before that, in the bubble, me getting hurt. In the bubble I felt like our team was playing really well, I felt like I was doing well. Then I get hurt, I have to come out of the bubble to rehab, then go back in, not fully healthy, we lose in the playoffs and at the same time I have a baby boy and come back home. The league told us the season probably wasn’t going to start until the end of January, so I have a minor surgery to do and rehab. But then actually we’re going to start right before Christmas. Then you’re scrambling, trying to get ready and healthy, then free agency hits and ultimately you have to decide where to be. It really wasn’t was until the day I decided that I wanted to have a fresh start and try to help this team.