NBA news: Mavs trade Isaiah Roby to Thunder for Justin Patton, cash
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Mavs trade Isaiah Roby to Thunder for Justin Patton, cash

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Earlier on Friday, it was reported that the Dallas Mavericks would be active on the trade front, and it seems like they have already gotten started.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Mavericks have traded rookie forward Isaiah Roby to the Oklahoma City Thunder for big man Justin Patton and cash.

This obviously isn’t a major trade, but it’s worth noting, as Dallas is said to be looking to clear a roster space, and Tim Cato of The Athletic says that the Mavs could end up just cutting Patton to sign a replacement for injured center Dwight Powell.

Roby, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Nebraska, was originally selected by the Detroit Pistons in the second round (45th pick overall) of the NBA Draft last June but was then traded to the Mavericks.

The 21-year-old has played in nine games with Dallas’ G-League team, the Texas Legends, this season, averaging 9.2 points, seven rebounds, 1.1 steals and one block over 21 minutes per game while shooting 50.8 percent from the floor, 35.7 percent from three-point range and 69.2 percent from the free-throw line.

He spent three years at Nebraska, posting lifetime NCAA averages of 8.1 points and 5.5 boards per game.

Meanwhile, Patton has played in five games with the Thunder this season, logging 1.8 points across 4.8 minutes a night.

The 22-year-old attended Creighton and was originally selected by the Chicago Bulls in the first round (16th pick overall) of the 2017 NBA Draft, but was immediately traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Jimmy Butler deal.

Patton spent just one year in Minnesota before being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers last November.

He signed with the Thunder as a free agent this past summer.

Patton registered 12.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in one season at Creighton.