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Patrick Patterson to return to Clippers on one-year deal

Patrick Patterson, Clippers

Free agent forward Patrick Patterson has agreed to return to the Los Angeles Clippers on a one-year deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, however, it’s safe to assume Patterson signed another minimum-salary contract.

In 59 games with the Clippers last season, Patterson averaged 4.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 13.2 minutes per game. The 31-year-old forward was efficient from three-point range, shooting nearly 40 percent. While Patterson’s role on the court decreased in the playoffs last season, his veteran presence played an integral role in the locker room.

Patterson, who will be entering his 12th season in the NBA, will most likely be an insurance option player for the Clippers this season in case of injury. This past season, Patterson always seemed to be ready when called in by Doc Rivers.

As for the Clippers, this is their first signing of the offseason. The Clippers are set to have a busy offseason, having numerous players hit the open market this free agency. The Clippers have been rumoured to re-sign Marcus Morris Sr., Montrezl Harrell and JaMychal Green this offseason, however, if they re-sign all three, they most likely have the taxpayer mid-level exception available. This basically means that they won’t have enough cap space to sign role players they need such as Rajon Rondo, Tristan Thompson, or Serge Ibaka.

Nevertheless, Clippers general manager Lawrence Frank has always proven to work things out, even if it means using all of their cap space.

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