The Oklahoma City Thunder is staring down a rebuild, and the next phase of the process has taken place as the Thunder has reached a buyout agreement with PF Patrick Patterson.
The buyout is a quality move for both sides as the Thunder finds more tax relief by shedding Patterson’s $5.7 million contract while allowing Patterson to become a free agent and join a contender.
According to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Patterson will join Paul George and the Clippers in Los Angeles.
Oklahoma City now has 13 players under contract, along with two 2-way contracts, so the Thunder will be adding at least one more player to the lineup ahead of opening night. With plenty of depth at the power forward position, the Thunder would do well to use the open spot to bolster the backcourt, either by signing a free agent or by going after someone in a trade.
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