Bobby Marks: Here is the math in OKC after the Patrick …

Bobby Marks: Here is the math in OKC after the Patrick Patterson buyout-waiver-stretch provision: The Thunder are now $698K below the luxury tax with 13 guaranteed contracts. Last year OKC spent a league high $61.6M tax bill and have been in the tax 4 out of the 5 previous seasons.

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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.
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.
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.
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