On Wednesday, the Sacramento Kings moved one step closer to their final roster entering the season.
The team announced they have waived wing Lamar Patterson, bringing their roster down to 17. Patterson had been claimed by the Kings this summer after the Atlanta Hawks let him go in the process of making their offseason moves.
The 25 year old wasn’t able to crack the wing group for new coach Dave Joerger, a group that as of now includes veterans Rudy Gay, Arron Afflalo and Matt Barnes, along with Ben McLemore, Garrett Temple, Isaiah Cousins and Malachi Richardson.
With a different roster composition, maybe Patterson could have latched on to the end of the bench, but the Kings are infamously carrying a surplus of centers, not to mention stretch-four types like Omri Casspi and Anthony Tolliver up front.
Patterson was originally selected by the Milwaukee BUCks with the 48th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, with his rights being dealt to Atlanta on draft night. After a year overseas, Patterson saw spot duty with the Hawks last season, appearing in 35 games between assignments to the D-League. He showed lackluster shooting in that small sample, hitting under 25% of three pointers as part of 35% overall shooting.