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Patrick Patterson returning to L.A. Clippers on one-year deal, per reports

(Photo by Leonard Ortiz/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

(Photo by Leonard Ortiz/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

Patrick Patterson is hoping to help the Clippers run it back.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the former Kentucky Wildcat is returning to play for the Los Angeles Clippers on a one-year deal. Patterson spent all of the 2019-20 season with the Clippers, averaging 4.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game across 59 regular-season outings. ESPN’s Bobby Marks is reporting that Patterson will earn $2.3 million for the 2020-21 season.

L.A. was bounced in the Western Conference Semifinals down in the Orlando Bubble, suffering an embarrassing 3-1 blown series lead at the hands of Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets. The Clippers only have a handful of free agents this offseason, none of which are superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. The franchise had championship aspirations a season ago and will enter the upcoming year with the same mindset.

Patterson wasn’t exactly a key staple in the lineup once the playoffs came around, making just two appearances this past postseason, but he’s a valuable veteran presence at 31 years old who can stretch the floor if necessary.

Congrats to Patrick!

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR