Call it good planning, inside knowledge or just plain blind luck, but Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri dodged another potentially damaging injury situation by allowing free agent Patrick Patterson to sign a “bargain” contract with the Thunder this summer.
The Thunder issued a press release outlining the situation.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Patrick Patterson underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure today on his left knee…
Patterson will be re-evaluated in 4-6 weeks.
As described on Rotoworld,
we’ll consider him questionable for training camp. He did struggle with his knee last season
Patterson was having an impact season as a player on an expiring contract up until the end of December when he hurt his knee in Phoenix. After sitting out four games, he came back too soon and ended up sitting for six more. He then played for for a week before being forced to sit back down for another six games.
While his stats looked okay after getting back to stay, his play on the court didn’t and he lost minutes to P.J.Tucker before falling completely off the rails in the postseason for the second time in a row.
After failing to step up in the playoffs in successive years, Ujiri had a good enough reason to look elsewhere when making his plans for next season.
Injury prone or not, Patterson wasn’t likely to be re-signed in Toronto despite the fact the Raptors are short on veterans to fill in their bench, but seeing the popular forward continuing to be impacted by knee problems this summer should make losing his services just a little easier to accept.