LOS ANGELES (WYMT/CBS Sports) - Former Kentucky Wildcat and NBA free-agent Patrick Patterson has agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to ESPN.
Patterson agreed to a buyout with the Oklahoma City Thunder at the beginning of August and had intentions to sign with the Clippers.
Patterson signed a three-year deal worth more than $16 million with the Thunder in 2017 with the expectation that he would be the stretch-four on a team that desperately needed shooting, but his performance has declined significantly since leaving the Toronto Raptors.
Patterson was an excellent all-around role player for the Raptors. He played over 25 minutes per game in a prominent bench role in his three full seasons as a Raptor, starring on defense and making nearly 37 percent of his three-pointers. But nagging injuries and age limited his playing time in Oklahoma City. He played only 2,131 minutes in two full seasons with the Thunder, less than he played in the 2014-15 campaign alone.
His shooting tailed off just as much as his playing time. Patterson shot below 40 percent from the field in both of his seasons with the Thunder. His rebounding rate declined as well, and playing on a team with two superstars rendered his passing ability redundantly.