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Kings to re-sign Lamar Patterson days after cutting him

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Is a trade coming? Or maybe this is just a way to secure his D-League commitment?

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A few days ago, the Kings made their first cut of training camp by waiving Lamar Patterson, who they picked up off of waivers earlier this summer. Now it appears that they are changing their mind.

There could be a few reasons for this, as the Kings only have 1 roster spot left with most assuming that it’s either going to go to Ty Lawson or Jordan Farmar.

  1. There’s a trade coming in which the Kings will need wing depth.
  2. There’s some convoluted thing in the CBA where they needed to cut him and re-sign him before they could cut him again to assign him in the D-League. I’m not sure what it could be since the CBA says you can assign up to four guys cut in training camp to your D-League affiliate and Patterson and Isaiah Cousins seem to be locks for that if they don’t choose to go overseas.
  3. They had to cut him by a certain date or the money in his contract was guaranteed for the season. I’m not sure if that would apply to Patterson given he was already cut by the Hawks. Also not sure why if that was the case they’d re-sign him a few days before the season began.
  4. The NBA is going to announce a new CBA in the very near future with some immediate effects, like more roster spots. This seems unlikely if not impossible.

The Kings have yet to officially confirm the re-signing in a press release, and no other reporters have mentioned it either. It’s a little confusing, but I’d still count against seeing Patterson make the official roster. He barely played for the Kings this preseason, averaging 5.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals in four games. His best performance came against the Wizards in Kentucky when he scored 14 points on just 6 shots.