After spending his last four seasons with the NBA’s team in Canada, former Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson will return to America’s Heartland.
Patterson agreed to a 3-year, $16.4 million deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal includes a player option for the third year.
During his seven-year career, the 28-year-old Patterson has averaged 7.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while playing with three franchises.
The Raptors drafted Patterson in the first round and No. 14 overall in the 2010 NBA draft. He was one of five Wildcats picked in the first round of that draft, which marked the first time five players from one school were drafted in the first round.
The 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward was a two-time first-team All-SEC selection as a sophomore and junior.
He’ll join former Florida coach Billy Donovan’s Thunder, a team that was eliminated in five games by the Houston Rockets in the first round of the NBA playoffs last season. Oklahoma City has already made noise this offseason by acquiring Paul George in a trade.