Patrick Patterson, potential Wizards target, is off the market

Elsa

The Raptors have agreed to a three-year, $18 million deal to keep the reserve power forward.

Both Umair and I were very high on Toronto backup power forward Patrick Patterson as a potential Wizards option with the full mid-level exception. He's the kind of stretch big man the Wizards lacked last year, and, of course, he's a college teammate of John Wall's.

Thus, I am mildly dismayed to report that Patterson is staying in Toronto on what I think is a pretty affordable contract.

Umair figured it would take at least that price to nab Patterson as a restricted free agent. As it turned out, it might not have. If the Wizards really wanted Patterson, they could have offered him a fourth year at the same price and made the Raptors sweat. That's a move I would have supported at least, though I understand others might not given Patterson's occasional struggles in Houston and Sacramento. Alas, it might not have been possible because it would have frozen the Wizards' salary structure as the Raptors wondered whether to match.

Regardless, Patterson is off the market, and the Wizards will have to look elsewhere to find frontcourt help. And frontcourt help is a must, because Nene is sure to miss some time and the Wizards really could use a backup that can step in and play big minutes when that happens.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bullets Forever

You must be a member of Bullets Forever to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bullets Forever. You should read them.

Join Bullets Forever

You must be a member of Bullets Forever to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bullets Forever. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker