So the team needed someone who could start at the 4 position next to newly acquired Paul George. In Patterson, they get exactly that. His per-36 averages of 10 points, six rebounds and two assists might not jump off the page, but he provides exactly the type of production that NBA teams look for out of low-usage players. He hit 37 percent of his 3s in over three years in Toronto, plus provides a lot of defensive versatility as a 4-man who can guard both in the post and out on the perimeter.
And this contract is at an absolute bargain basement level. The Thunder are likely using their taxpayer mid-level exception here to get Patterson for $5.192 million to start, making the actual total dollar figure on the contract $16,354,800. To get a 28-year-old starter for right around $5 million per season is a steal in this marketplace, and they’re paying for what will essentially the last of his prime years.
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For the second straight year, the Celtics have made a massive splash in free agency. This time, the Celtics get Gordon Hayward from Utah on what will ostensibly be a three-year contract that takes him to his age 30 season. Those three years will take him past his 10th year in the NBA, qualifying him for the maximum contract any NBA player is entitled to at 35 percent of the salary cap.
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant had been struggling to live up to the MVP-winning pace he set last year, but he found his swing in a 6-1 win over the Pirates. Bryant went 4 for 5 with two home runs (18) and a triple. He became the first Cubs player to jack two home runs and record a triple since Todd Walker in 2004.