Free agent forward Patrick Patterson has agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the LA Clippers, league sources told ESPN.
Patterson and the Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to a buyout on the final season of his contract recently, allowing him to become a free agent.
The Clippers, with one available roster spot left now, are constructing a frontcourt bench to support its two new forwards — Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Patterson gives the Clippers, a serious NBA championship contender, one more serious-minded and accomplished veteran for their frontcourt rotation.
Patterson, 30, was unable to gain consistent traction in a role with the Thunder in his two seasons there. He averaged less than 10 minutes a game — far different than the impactful the previous three seasons with the Toronto Raptors. In nine NBA seasons, Patterson has averaged nearly seven points and four rebounds. He’s had stops with the Rockets, Kings, Raptors and Thunder.