NBA free-agent watch: Patrick Patterson

NBA free-agent watch: Patrick Patterson
June 19, 2014, 11:30 am
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Who knows if Al Harrington is going to come back, or if the Wizards even want him to return next season. A stretch-four is hard to come by but they'll be in the market for a long-term option regardless of Harrington's status. 

Nene, Drew Gooden and Trevor Booker bring different skills to the table though the former can't be relied on because of his health. Nene missed 29 games. 

Free agent: SF Patrick Patterson. Restricted. 

2013-14 salary: $3.1 million.

Vitals: 6-9, 235 pounds. 25 years old.

Career averages: 8.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 48.6% FG, 36.8% 3FG. Last season: 9.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 47.7% FG, 41.1% 3FG. 

The fit: Patterson is a finesse role player who can help spread the floor. He can put the ball on the floor and finish and he can be a better rebounder, but he has come off the bench for all four seasons in the NBA with three teams. The Wizards would get younger here, as Harrington isn't a lock to return. But what Patterson lacks is the willingness to mix it up inside so he's considered a "tweener." Patterson played his junior year of college at Kentucky with Wizards PG John Wall. 

Chances of becoming a Wizard: If his rights are renounced by Toronto and Booker is allowed to leave, 50-50. The Wizards seem to prefer the gritty type which plays better in coach Randy Wittman's system. Booker flourishes when doing the dirty work though his mid-range shot has progressed. Gooden can spread the floor as well.

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