Patterson agrees to three year-deal with Raptors
HUNTINGTON -- After going to the Toronto Raptors in a Dec. 19, 2013, mid-season NBA trade, former Huntington High and University of Kentucky standout Patrick Patterson said he wasn't sure what to make of his trip north of the border.
It has proven to be one of the best moves of his professional career.
Sources said Patterson agreed Friday to a three-year, $18 million deal that will keep him with the Raptors through 2017.
He had also drawn interest from the Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic.
Patterson, a 25-year-old veteran of four NBA seasons, is a 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward.
He averaged 9.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 23.3 minutes last season in 48 games with Toronto.
The Raptors made the playoffs and lost to the Brooklyn Nets in the opening round.
While the early playoff exit was disappointing, the groundwork was laid for the future of Patterson.
Patterson was unavailable for comment on the deal, which will not become official until July 10 -- the first day contracts can be signed, according to the NBA's calendar.
Sources also said the Raptors traded forward Steve Novak to the Utah Jazz, which helped clear the way for some of the money involved in Patterson's deal.
Patterson was selected out of Kentucky by the Houston Rockets in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft.
He has appeared in 252 career games with Houston, Sacramento and Toronto.
He led Huntington High to three consecutive Class AAA boys basketball championships from 2005-07, along with fellow NBA player O.J. Mayo.
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