Patrick Patterson Traded To Sacramento

02/20/2013 07:31 PM

Patrick Patterson and DeMarcus Cousins are being reunited in Sacramento. Patterson was traded to the Kings by the Houston Rockets several minutes ago, along with Cole Aldrich, Toney Douglas and $1 million for Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt.

In addition to adding Patterson’s on-court abilities (he’s in the midst of a career year, averaging nearly 12 points and 5 rebounds in only 25 minute per game), the Kings add a solid locker room presence and someone that can help DeMarcus Cousins settle in more comfortably as a franchise piece. Earlier this season, Cousins said that he didn’t feel like the Kings really knew him or that they cared about his mental health. Basketball aside, this move should help him find more peace in the Sacramento locker room.

The deal also signals good news for another former UK forward as well as the move, along with Houston trading Marcus Morris to Phoenix, opens up minutes for Terrence Jones. Jones, who was selected by the Rockets with the 18th overall pick last June, has played only 8 minutes per game and has averages of 3.1 points and 1.6 rebounds. With the logjam at forward somewhat alleviated in Houston, Jones should find more playing time, most likely off the bench behind Robinson.

Be sure to watch KSTV Thursday for more analysis and a look at two other former Cats who could be a part of NBA trade deadline deals.

Thomas Beisner

TJ is an Anchor for Spectrum News. You can catch his work on KSTV, the only nightly show in the state focusing on UK Sports. When it comes to UK Basketball, TJ covers recruiting, the NCAA tournament and everything in between. During March TJ probably sees the players more than he sees his family but he’s able to provide Spectrum News viewers the unique insight that only a lifelong fan can give. He’s also taken on several special programs including “Wildcat Forever: The John Stewart Story.” KSTV airs weeknights at 7:30 and 11pm on Spectrum News or watch it anytime with Spectrum On Demand. You can also catch podcasts of the show as well as bonus podcasts, just find KSTV on Itunes. For the latest on everything going on with UK Athletics, recruiting or if you just need some hilarious parenting anecdotes follow TJ on Twitter @tjbeisner.

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