Patrick Patterson: Clippers buzz is ‘nothing but rumors’
Free agent forward Patrick Patterson may not be Los Angeles-bound after all.
Speaking on Monday at his basketball camp in Huntington, W.Va., Patterson dismissed the recent buzz linking him to the LA Clippers.
“Right now, all of the Clippers stuff is just nothing but rumors,” he said, per WOWK-TV’s Anna Maria Tarullo. “The main thing right now is me entrusting my camp, my agency to put forth me in a position to where I can capitalize and utilize my abilities.”
Patterson, 30, was just waived by the Oklahoma City Thunder, and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that his intention was to join the Clippers.
Once his $5.7 million salary clears waivers, Patterson’s intention is to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources tell ESPN https://t.co/0uIDF7EYJx
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 1, 2019
While he is close with ex-Thunder teammate and current Clipper forward Paul George, Patterson has been unproductive in recent years, averaging just 3.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in the last two seasons combined in OKC. His skillset would also be redundant with the re-signing of JaMychal Green.
The Clippers need a playmaking guard and/or an inside presence way more than they need the 6-foot-9 Patterson, and there are plenty of other options who fit that mold instead.