The Timberwolves will decline Justin Patton’s third year option, which would have paid him roughly $3.1M during the 2019-20 season, according to Shams and JonK of the Athletic:
The Minnesota Timberwolves are declining center Justin Patton’s third-year team option, league sources tell me and @JonKrawczynski.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 31, 2018
This means that Patton will be a free agent next summer, and likely ends the relationship between the big man out of Creighton and the Timberwolves. His career has been beset by injuries since the Wolves got him in the 2017 draft as a part of the Jimmy Butler trade. The pick, 16th overall, belonged to the Bulls, but the Wolves exchanged their own pick (7th overall—Lauri Markkanen) for the Bulls pick as part of the deal. They chose to take Patton, an agile and athletic big man with that pick, but he’s never remained healthy enough to get his career going.
After missing his first summer and fall with a broken foot, Patton did spend significant time playing with the Iowa Wolves in the G-League, and had some impressive performances. But he made only one cameo appearance for the parent club, and hurt himself again this past summer, causing him to miss summer league and training camp, and is still out.
This turn of events is obviously a huge disappointment for both the Wolves and for Patton, whose future is now unclear due to his injury problems. We wish him the best of luck getting healthy and moving forward in his career.