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Patrick Patterson learned he was traded on way to see “Hunger Games.” Still went to movie.

Dec 13, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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For the Toronto Raptors, Rudy Gay never got out of the hotel while Aaron Gray was doing a pregame workout when they found out they had been traded to Sacramento.

But nothing was as good as Patrick Patterson’s story that he had been sent back the other way.

Patterson was taking his mom to see “Hunger Games Catching Fire” when he found out, he told the National Post.

“My phone was blowing up left and right — friends, people on the team, my agent is calling me,” Patterson said. “I answer it as I’m going into the theatre, and he tells me about the trade and how I’ve been traded and everything. I’m like, ‘Yo, I’ll call you back in about 2½ hours, I’m taking my mom into a movie.’ So I literally found out like five minutes before the movie.”

“It didn’t ruin the movie,” Patterson said. “It was a good movie. I couldn’t let it ruin the movie.”

He didn’t tell his mom until the movie was over. Wise choice.

This trade could be good for Patterson. He had developed into a solid power forward who could stretch the floor or play inside, but who had taken a big step back this season — he is shooting fell to 41 percent (down from 49.4 the season before) and he was hitting just 23.1 percent from three (down from 44.4 percent). Maybe in a new system under Dwane Casey he can regain his old form.

  1. ryanrockzzz - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Dwane Casey and regaining form are two things that don’t go together.

  2. johngalt1783 - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    You forgot to mention that he played with Lowry for two season in Houston. However, his best seson was when he played alongside Lin after Lowry was traded to Toronto. He will come off the bench and back up Johnson. Hansbrough will back up Valanciunas along with Vasquez and either Ross or Lowry.

    The trade should make the Raptors bench a lot better with Patterson as well as Vasquez as a backup PG is a major improvement over Buckys and Stone or the not to soon dumped Augustin. Patterson will also give the Raptors more flexibility up front as Hansbrough and Johnson can both play Center

    As far as Gay goes. It has only been two games but the Raptors have averged 12 more PPG without Gay and before he was traded. In those two games they also averaged 5 more PPG better than the Spurs and Lakers have been allowing per season.

    Where the Raptors will miss Gay is on defense. Overall the trade should make the Raptors better than they were with Gay.

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