The Thunder and Mavericks have agreed to a trade that will send rookie forward Isaiah Roby to Oklahoma City in exchange for center Justin Patton and cash considerations, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link).
Though the Mavericks could use some depth in the middle in the wake of Dwight Powell‘s season-ending Achilles injury, Patton will not stick around. The Mavs made the move to clear a roster spot and intend to waive him, The Athletic’s Tim Cato tweets.
It also clears some cash, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News notes (Twitter link). Patton has a $1.62M contract this season, but the remaining two years on his deal are not guaranteed.
Roby, a second-round pick out of Nebraska, is making $1.5M this season as well as next season, and all that money is guaranteed, Bobby Marks of ESPN tweets.
Isaiah Roby is in year one of a four year contract.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) January 24, 2020
* 19/20: $1.5M
* 20/21: $1.5M (fully guaranteed)
*21/22: $1.8M (guaranteed on 7/3/21)
* 22/23: $1.9M (guaranteed on 7/3/22)
Tax bill in OKC goes from $2.3M to $2M. The Thunder are now $801,066 over the threshold.
Patton has appeared in four NBA games since being drafted in the first round in 2017, none with OKC. He has spent most of his time this season in the G League. Roby, who was acquired in a draft-night trade, has yet to make his NBA debut.
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