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Patrick Patterson is getting his first big NBA payday with $18 million deal

Patrick Patterson has agreed to a three-year, $18 million contract to stay with the Toronto Raptors, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

Patrick Patterson - photo by Tammie Brown |

– photo by Tammie Brown |

Patrick Patterson has agreed to a three-year, $18 million contract to stay with the , according to ESPN's . He was a restricted free agent.

Patterson was a key part of Toronto's playoff push, arriving from Sacramento in a December trade that turned around the Raptors' season. He made 41 percent of his three-pointers in Toronto, providing some much-needed floor spacing at the power forward position. In 48 games with the team, he averaged nine points and five rebounds in 23 minutes per game.

While not much of a rebounder or rim protector, Patterson is a solid, smart two-way player and a luxury to have as a backup behind Amir Johnson. Considering how well he shot the ball, it's a mild surprise he didn't get a more lucrative or longer contract. It might have helped that he wanted to come back and build on last year.

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