July 12, 2014 7:00 pm

Raptors lock up another key player by re-signing Patrick Patterson

Patrick Patterson #54 of the Toronto Raptors celebrates his three point shot in the first half against the Brooklyn Nets in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 25, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

TORONTO – The Toronto Raptors have re-signed forward Patrick Patterson.

Patterson, who was a restricted free agent, averaged 9.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 23.3 minutes in 48 games for Toronto last season after being acquired in a seven-player trade with Sacramento in December.

“We were very pleased with what Patrick brought to us both on the court and in the locker-room last season,” said Raptors president and general manager Masai Ujiri in a statement. “We are delighted that Patrick wanted to return to the Raptors and we look forward to his contributions as he helps us build a consistent winner in Toronto.”

Patterson, 25, averaged 10.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 28.5 minutes during the Raptors’ seven-game loss to Brooklyn in the first round of the playoffs.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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