Clippers Rumors: Patrick Patterson Agrees to 1-Year, $2.3M Contract with LAC

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2019

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Patrick Patterson (54) reaches for the rebound next to Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith (14) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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The Los Angeles Clippers round out their bench on Thursday, signing veteran big man Patrick Patterson to a one-year, $2.3 million deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. 

Patterson, 30, averaged 3.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game with the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, appearing in 63 games (five starts). He agreed to a buyout with the Thunder earlier in August.

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42

Cap hit on the Patterson signing in LAC is $1.6M. Roster is now at 14 (not including Exhibit 10 and Two-Way contracts). https://t.co/4slz8RmYC8

Patterson doesn't fill the team's need of adding another pure center to the mix alongside Ivica Zubac. Montrezl Harrell and JaMychal Green can also play the position in smaller lineups, though having another bruising, rim-defending option at the position would be optimal.

Nonetheless, Patterson is a nice pickup for the Clippers at this point in the offseason.

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha

I get some of the concern over the Patterson signing given most think the Clippers need another center + PG. But from a talent/value perspective, he’s one of the better free agents available and he gives them another stretch big to play next to Trezz (assuming JaMychal starts).

The Clippers aren't flawless, but they are loaded. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are arguably the best superstar duo in the league, and at the very least is on the same level as LeBron James and Anthony Davis. But where the Clippers hold the advantage over the Lakers is in the supporting casts, with Harrell, Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, Landry Shamet, Maurice Harkless and Zubac representing a deep group. 

That gulf between the two Los Angeles teams in the quality depth department only deepened on Thursday, with the Clippers adding Patterson and the Lakers likely losing DeMarcus Cousins for the season with a torn ACL, per Wojnarowski.

Granted, it's unlikely Patterson will play major minutes for the Clippers next season. But he gives Doc Rivers another chess piece to work with, and his ability to stretch the floor from the 4—he's a career 36.7 percent shooter from three—is always valuable. 

In an offseason of huge moves for the Clippers, Patterson's addition doesn't move the needle in a major way. But he's another nice veteran piece for a Clippers team that looks to have the most talented roster in the NBA.