The Player’s Tribune is a media company founded by Derek Jeter that allows athletes to publish their own work to connect with fans on a deeper level. The first-person stories provide a different insight into the world of some of the most famous athletes around the globe. One of the latest contributors to site is current Toronto Raptor and former Kentucky Wildcat, Patrick Patterson.
With the NBA trade deadline ending on Thursday, Patterson shared his experience being traded not only once, but twice.
Patrick Patterson was drafted by the Houston Rockets as the 14th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Patterson spent three seasons in Houston before being traded to the Sacramento Kings.
Patterson recalls the conversation with the Rocket’s general manager and vice president of basketball operations. Patterson was finally getting into his groove in Houston and was shocked to hear the news he has been traded.
When you’re traded, you can’t help but compare yourself to the guy you’re traded for. It’s partly an ego thing, but it’s also related to your perceived value in the league.
Patterson compares a trade to a breakup, and a bad one. Patterson says that his bitterness to the team that traded him faded over time, just like being dumped.
Patterson moved on from the Rockets and was happy to join his former Kentucky teammate, DeMarcus Cousins.
When you’re traded, you have to learn to move on quickly. Within three days, I was on a flight to Sacramento. While I was happy to reunite with DeMarcus Cousins, a guy I’ve considered my little brother ever since we played together at Kentucky, I had trouble getting into a groove with the Kings.
After only two seasons in Sacramento, Patterson was traded again and this time to the Toronto Raptors. Patterson’s initial thought about heading to Toronto was, naturally, the cold weather. Going from Sacramento to Toronto is not an easy adjustment for anyone.
Even though I hadn’t spent very long in Sacramento and I had anticipated the trade, I’ll be honest: I wasn’t happy to be going to Toronto. The team had a terrible record, and it felt far away. Did I mention the really cold weather? REALLY cold weather.
Patterson was part of a deal that sent Kings’ (and former Kentucky Wildcat) Chuck Hayes and John Salmons to Toronto.
When Patterson first arrived in Toronto all he wanted to do was get out of that city. As weeks passed and Patterson got accustomed to the team, he started to the see that things were improving for himself and the team until one day when he feel in love with the city.
Patterson talks about his trade taught him a lot about the business of being in the NBA.
Before that point, I never thought much about the human factor of trades. It was just a string of names scrolling on the bottom ticker on ESPN.
Before the deadline on Thursday, Patterson’s name was thrown around in a possible trade with the Bull’s Taj Gibson. Thankfully for Patterson and the city of Toronto, who loves Patterson, nothing happened.
Patterson is currently in his third year with Toronto. He does not start but is first off the bench, averaging 6.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Patterson had his best game the month last night with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.
The Raptors currently sit 2nd in the Eastern Conference behind the Cleveland Cavaliers.
To read Patterson’s full piece, click here.