The Toronto Raptors may have been one of the best stories of the league last year, but they got off to a very poor start and looked like they were on their way to another lost season.
On December 9, the Raptors dealt forward Rudy Gay along with big man Aaron Gray and forward Quincy Acy, to the Sacramento Kings for swingman John Salmons, point guard Greivis Vasquez, power forward Patrick Patterson and power forward Chuck Hayes.
Just a day after the Gay trade, the Raptors were 7-13 (the new players didn’t play on December 10). Led by point guard Kyle Lowry, shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, along with several other talented players, the Raptors went 41-21 over the rest of the season and won the Atlantic Division before falling to the Brooklyn Nets in seven games in the first round of the playoffs.
Lowry officially became an unrestricted free agent on July 1 while Patterson and Vasquez hit the market as restricted free agents. The Raptors will be keeping Lowry after the two agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal. Now, they have locked up Patterson as well. According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com, the Raptors and Patterson have agreed to a three-year deal worth $18 million.
Patrick Patterson has signed a 3-year, $18 million deal with the Toronto Raptors, source told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 4, 2014
Of course, no player can actually sign for another week, but the two sides can iron out details and come to a verbal agreement which must have been the case here.
The Orlando Magic reportedly met with Patterson.
Patterson averaged 8.5 points 5.3 rebounds per game last season. He had better numbers with the Raptors than the Kings, putting up 9.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game after the trade.