Former Pitt star Lamar Patterson has a new home in the NBA.
Patterson was drafted in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft and after playing in Turkey later that year, he joined the Hawks last season for his debut. While he played a good bit in the first half of last season, Patterson was routinely back and forth between the NBA and the NBDL, not playing much in the second half.
As a whole, he averaged 2.4 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.1 assists on the season.
The Hawks made a splash this offseason in adding Dwight Howard and they also re-signed forward Kris Humphries. As a result, ESPN.com says that in part made Patterson expendable. He was due to earn approximately $875,000 guaranteed next year if he remained on the roster, so the Hawks waived him this week.
Things aren't all bad for him, however. The Sacramento Kings have taken a chance on him so he'll get another shot to stick in the league. We'll see if he's able to contribute much next season. I've always said, Patterson's value lies in that he can fill up a box score and does a lot of things on the court. But he struggled with his shot last year, shooting only 35% from the field. Point blank, if you shoot that poorly, it doesn't matter what else you do - teams will have to go in another direction.