As NBA free agency continues, former Kentucky Wildcats power forward Patrick Patterson is looking for his first big payday. He’s just now becoming a restricted free agent for the first time after being selected with the 14th pick of the 2010 NBA Draft.
Patters played this past season with the Sacramento Kings before being traded to the Toronto Raptors. Team President and General Manager, Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri is hopeful the Raptors can re-sign Patterson.
“As far as I am concerned, keeping our core group going forward with Kyle Lowry, Greivis Vasquez and (Patrick) Patterson and those guys are priorities for us,” Ujiri said. “If you want to build a team where you have young players, we have to build on continuity.”
As for Patterson, he’d like to stay with Toronto.
“This was my first time being on a team where everybody accepted their roles, where everybody was per se happy,” Patterson said. “This was my first time being in a positive environment where everybody was supporting one another. It was great here. To build strong relationships with the staff, the organization, my teammates, embrace the city, the fans, overall, I had a great time.”
While he’s waiting to see who his next NBA team is, Patterson isn’t forgetting his Kentucky roots.
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