Toronto Raptors: Patrick Patterson Contract Grade
By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…
Contract: 18 million, 3 seasons
The Toronto Raptors have resigned their 3rd big man, restricted free agent Patrick Patterson. This signing was expected, but they were able to sign him for very fair value and he could have easily made more. They now have their 2nd excellent signing this week and they look to have recovered very well from a ridiculously weird draft. After being the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference, GM Masai Ujiri has made his plan pretty clear so far this offseason (they have also traded for Lou Williams and traded Steve Novak for cap space); keep their best, tweak the rotation and look for internal improvement, like from Patterson.
Patterson was traded to the Raptors as part of the Rudy Gay deal with the Kings and played very well for Toronto, averaging 9.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 23.3 minutes per game, however his efficiency was incredible, as he is a shooting big man who shot 47.7 percent from the field and 41.1 percent from 3. He proved that he is one of the best stretch 4′s in the NBA. He was even better in the playoffs, averaging 10.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game on 54.2 percent shooting and 38.9 percent 3 point shooting. At just 25, coming off his best NBA play and fitting in perfectly with the Raptors, 6 million dollars per season is excellent value and he could become a starter for them next season.
With the Raptors’ 18 million dollar investment in Patterson, they now have an incredible young core of DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas, Patrick Patterson and Terrence Young all signed for at least 2 more seasons and if they continue to develop, they could be a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference if they are able to add one more big piece. They happen to have a lot of cap space next offseason where they can find that piece, but for now, resigning Patterson should help keep them in the middle of the East next season. With Patterson and Vasquez (who they also need to resign), the Rudy Gay deal gave them 2 excellent role players.