— Patrick Patterson (@pdpatt) July 4, 2014
ESPN Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman tweeted that Patrick Patterson “Patman” has agreed to return to the Toronto Raptors on a three-year $18 million deal.
Patrick Patterson has signed a 3-year, $18 million deal with the Toronto Raptors, source told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 4, 2014
While Patterson was rumored to have been courted by several NBA teams, his status as a restricted free agent made it unlikely the Raptors would lose this key member of last year’s club record setting roster.
Besides, Patterson sounded like a player that wanted to return during his end of season media availability.
“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.”
Patterson was more valuable to the Raptors than his 9.1 points and 5.1 rebounds over the regular season might suggest. He game improved the longer he was in Toronto and peaked in the playoffs against the Nets.