It's been one year since the Thunder lost Kevin Durant and they have done an incredible job retooling the roster and reemerging as fringe contenders in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City shocked everybody when it pulled off a trade for Paul George mere hours before free agency kicked off and now it's building a roster around him and Russell Westbrook to make a run.
OKC agreed to a three-year, $16.4 million contract with Patrick Patterson on Tuesday. The final year of the deal reportedly includes a player option, giving Patterson an out if the two stars bolt following next season. He's currently expected to be a starter and will shore up what was arguably the Thunder's weakest position last season.
Free agent forward Patrick Patterson has agreed to a three-year, $16.4M deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 5, 2017
Patterson is defensive minded stretch four that doesn't need the ball in his hands. This is perfect next to two ball-dominant players like George and Westbrook, and he's not too bad at setting screens either. The real win here, however, is on defense. Oklahoma City has long athletic defenders that can do a lot of switching, which will make it tough for opponents get baskets.
Patterson is a great fit in Oklahoma City thanks to what he can do on the defensive side of the ball and his ability to stretch out the floor will work well on a Thunder team that couldn't do much shooting last season.