Patrick Patterson, Toronto Raptors
When Patrick Patterson signed a three-year, $18 million contract, the Magic were right on his heels. Orlando had Patterson in for a visit during that free agency before Patterson decided to stick with the Toronto Raptors. The Magic turned quickly to Channing Frye after that (paying more and giving him more years than Patterson ultimately signed with the Raptors).
Patterson’s faith in Toronto was rewarded to some extent. The Raptors experienced tremendous success, making the Playoffs in all three years and reaching the Eastern Conference Finals in 2016. Patterson averaged 7.3 points per game and made 36.8 percent of his 3-pointers for a 53.2 percent effective field goal percentage.
Patterson undoubtedly slowed down some last year. The Raptors buried him a bit on the bench when they acquired Serge Ibaka from the Magic. His minutes decreased as did his efficiency from beyond the arc.
He is a prototypical stretch-4 in every sense of the word. Patterson is good for a few rebounds, but he is more likely to be effective staying out on the perimeter and hoisting 3-pointers. He helps spread the floor that way. He is not a particularly good defender.
But for the amount of money the Magic have to spend and his serviceability as a floor-spacer, the Magic could do much worse than Patterson. Much, much worse.