Watching him warm up before the game and at halftime was a joy. He has such an effortless deep shot. He hit probably 80% of his 3's during warm up - most of them from 3-4 feet beyond the arc. Hope he sticks for at least another year.
He should have had a few more assists by Myles is a tool and missed 3 shots over a guy 5 inches shorter on switches which Pat set up. He also grabbed a rebound right out of Pat's hands and knocked him down. Leonard was the reason the Blazers lost going 3-11 plus leaving Napier on the bench in the 4th qtr and letting Tim Quarterman play.
Nice last 2 game for Connaughton in meaningless games.
because there appears to be no future of PT at Portland with Lillard and McCollum averaging 76 mpg & Crabbe/Turner playing some 2 guard when McCollum slides over to the point.
He'd be better off playing for a bad team than staying another year in Portland.
FWIW both Napier and Pat are under contract next season at Portland.
We need shooters. But his intangibles are obviously off the charts, and he'd be a perfect fit for Philly fans.
It seems Pat's love is basketball, but many people still believe his best chance at success is baseball. Does he continue to chase the basketball dream in summer leagues or does he try to fit some baseball in - if for nothing else to get a better reading where he is.
but it could take him potentially/realistically 3 years to reach the highest level in baseball, where as he is already at the highest level in hoops.
Pat's contract didn't allow him to play baseball for the first two years. Summer basketball leagues are quite importantfor rookies, free agents, and players like Pat. So playing there may be important to his basketball future. On the other side of the coin, when does time run out on starting his baseball career. I expect Pat has thought this through and has a plan. I'd just hate for these games to be a false hope that costs him the baseball opportunity - if that is best for him.
If sticks with Basketball and hangs around the NBA for 5 years or so vs going to Baseball and taking 3 years at best to make it to the bigs if he ever does? I'd have to assume he'd probably not get much to sign a baseball contract at this point, since he hasn't played in several years.
Even though the Orioles allowed him to pursue a NBA career, they never made any attempts to recoup the $428,000 signing bonus. As a result, the ballclub will continue to control his contractual baseball rights through 2020, which can be extended for six additional years if the Orioles place him on its major league roster.
His contract is not guaranteed for next season. It goes up from 874K to 1.47 million. That type of contract even for an end of the bench player is peanuts in the NBA, especially when that player can make treys. At this point, Portland would be foolish to let him walk.