Report: Thunder nab Patterson in free agency

Free agent forward Patrick Patterson appears to be headed for the Thunder.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have reached agreement on a three-year agreement with free agent forward Patrick Patterson, according to a report from ESPN.

Patterson most recently played with the Toronto Raptors and reportedly received a three-year contract worth $16.4 million from OKC.


The deal includes a player option for the third year, league sources said. The Thunder used their full tax payer mid-level exception on the agreement.

The commitment eliminates the Thunder from contention for free-agent forward Rudy Gay, who visited with the organization over the weekend. Gay is searching for a larger deal than the Thunder were able to pay him, with Miami, Utah, San Antonio and Brooklyn among the teams still interested in Gay, league sources said.

Patterson, 28, should fit nicely as the starting power forward next to All-Star Paul George, obtained in a trade with the Indiana Pacers last week. The Thunder, of course, also boast point guard and reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook.

Patterson averaged 6.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 65 games with the Raptors last season. He has also spent time with the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings.