Patterson and the Oklahoma City Thunder recently agreed to a buyout on the final season of his contract, allowing him to become a free agent.
The Clippers, with one available roster spot left now, are constructing a frontcourt bench to support its two new starting forwards — Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Patterson gives the Clippers, who are expected to contend for a championship, one more serious-minded and accomplished veteran for their frontcourt rotation.
Patterson, 30, was unable to gain consistent traction in a role with the Thunder in his two seasons there. He averaged less than 10 minutes a game — far different from his impactful previous three seasons with the Toronto Raptors. In nine NBA seasons, Patterson has averaged nearly seven points and four rebounds. He’s had stops with the Rockets, Kings, Raptors and Thunder.