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Raptors re-signing Patrick Patterson to three-year, $18 million contract

Jul 4, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

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When the Raptors traded John Salmons’ partially guaranteed for Lou Williams and Lucas Nogueira, it signaled Toronto’s desire to keep its roster mostly in tact.

Waiving Salmons offered an opportunity to create cap room and pursue outside free agents, but Masai Ujiri didn’t go that route. He exchanged Salmons’ contract for helpful assets, leaving the Raptors to go over the cap to keep their own free agents.

Re-signing Kyle Lowry was the obvious priority. With that done, Toronto can move onto its secondary targets – Patrick Patterson and Greivis Vasquez.

One down.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN:

After shooting just 0-for-5 on 3-pointers his first two NBA seasons, Patterson has developed into a solid stretch four, making 37.4 percent of his shots beyond the arc the last two seasons. His salary might be slightly on the high side, but he earned this by really working on his game.

Toronto retains an important part of its rotation. Since they acquired him in the Rudy Gay trade, the Raptors performed much better on both ends of the floor when he played:

On:

  • Offensive rating: 109.5
  • Defensive rating: 99.6
  • Net rating: +9.9

Off:

  • Offensive rating: 105.7
  • Defensive rating: 104.0
  • Net rating: +1.7

No Raptor had a higher on-court net rating.

The only reason I say Patterson might have been slightly overpaid is you can’t take for granted his fit on another team. But for the Raptors, they’re getting good value.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    With all these role guys getting paid crazy $, I cant even picture what Kawhi Agent will be asking for next season!!!

  2. cantonb0und13 - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    *Defines: overpaid, brings you to this blog*

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      Still love that your name pisses off some peabrain losers. Thanks.

  3. andreboy1 - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    This guy was absolutely terrible for the Kings.

    • mazblast - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      The trade was a win-win, as both Patterson and Gay really stepped up their respective games in their new locales.

    • andreboy1 - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      The guy averaged less than 7 pts, shot 41% and 23% from 3 before he was traded last year.

      He was terrible.

  4. rseemore - Jul 4, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    As a raps fan I like this signing. I think Pat still has alot of upside, he just seems like he still needs to figure himself out. Some nights he’s hesitant with the ball when his shot isn’t going down, but on other nights the guy can be lights out hitting 3’s, crashing the boards and is an above average pick and roll big in this league. Having him, Lou Williams and greivis coming off the bench will definitely take some of the pressure off the starting unit. #WETHENORTH

  5. jadaruler - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Players should love Ujiri. He tosses money around like nobody’s business.

  6. yomarianob - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Patrick Patterson is worth 6M a year. He’s good enough

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