Former Cat Patrick Patterson is eyeing a big payday

Patrick Patterson- photo by Tom Szczerbowski | USA TODAY Sports
Patrick Patterson- photo by Tom Szczerbowski | USA TODAY Sports
Patrick Patterson- photo by Tom Szczerbowski | USA TODAY Sports

Many athletes give cliched answers and rarely say what they are really thinking, so kudos to Patrick Patterson for his honesty.

The power forward was asked on Tuesday whether he is approaching this season any differently since he will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

“Oh yeah, definitely,” Patterson told reporters after practice.

“It’s a contract year. Everybody wants to get paid and I’m one of those guys included. I want to be successful. I want my team, most importantly, to be successful.”

With the salary cap exploding upward, Patterson will double, maybe even triple his previous annual salary (roughly $6 million U.S. per season).

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