Patterson's second 10-day contract with the Hawks expired over the All-Star break, and he wasn't re-signed by the team, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

With the trade deadline approaching Thursday, the Hawks decided that having an extra roster spot open was more important than retaining Patterson for the time being. The swingman has since returned to the D-League's Reno Bighorns, but once the dust settles after the deadline, coach Mike Budenholzer didn't rule out the possibility for bringing Patterson back on the roster. He averaged 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in 7.5 minutes per game in four appearances with the Hawks.

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