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Report: Patrick Patterson gave up $3.5 million out of $5.7 million salary in Thunder buyout

Patrick Patterson

Former Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Patrick Patterson agreed to a buyout with the franchise this past week. The nine-year veteran forward gave up $3.5 million of his $5.7 million salary for the 2019-20 season, per The Athletic’s Mike Scotto.

Following the buyout between the two parties, Patterson, 30, will sign with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Thunder know plenty about the Clippers in dealing with the Pacific Division organization when they sent All-Star forward Paul George to Los Angeles to hook up with two-time Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard:

The 6-foot-9 Patterson, who’s a stretch big, will be a solid depth piece for LA. The Clippers also have younger center pieces in emerging big men Montrezl Harrell and Ivica Zubac.

Prior to his two-season stint with the Thunder, Patterson spent time with the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, and Toronto Raptors. The University of Kentucky product left the SEC school in 2010 after three years with the Wildcats, finding himself selected with the 14th pick in the first round of the NBA Draft, taken by the Rockets.

In two seasons in OKC, Patterson averaged 3.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 14.7 minutes per game, seeing limited playing time across 145 contests off the pine. He shot 38.8% from the field, 36.4% from the 3-point line, and 77.6% from the free-throw line.

Patterson is just another example of a veteran the Thunder franchise parted ways with as general manager Sam Presti rebuilds. After dealing George and former league MVP Russell Westbrook, OKC also traded Jerami Grant, saw Markieff Morris leave in free agency, and now bought out Patterson.