The Arizona Central reports that the Suns and Patrick Patterson have been in contact:
The Suns also have made contact with or been contacted by at least 12 other free agents. That includes unrestricted free agents Pau Gasol, Trevor Ariza, Luol Deng, Spencer Hawes, Danny Granger, Ed Davis, Marvin Williams and Josh McRoberts and restricted free agents Gordon Hayward, Chandler Parsons, Isaiah Thomas and Patrick Patterson. That does not necessarily mean the Suns are interested in all of them.
Patterson would be a pretty good fit in Phoenix’s system that values versatile players. He would very likely be introduced in a bench role if it comes to that. Phoenix has plenty of cap space to offer Patterson a lucrative deal, even after completing a signing of one of the big name free-agents.
Source: The @OrlandoMagic courting RFA Patrick Patterson as a potential starting PF. He's in ORL now.
— David Baumann (@DavidBaumannCBS) July 3, 2014
As for Greivis Vasquez, the Raptors are apparently worried that deals like Ben Gordon’s ($9M/2yr) might price them out of Vasquez and Patterson:
Heard even before Gordon craziness Raptors increasingly worried baffling $$$ might price them out on Patterson and/or Greivis Vasquez.
— Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) July 2, 2014
A price tag of $4.5M, which is what Gordon got, is about $1.3M over the qualifying offer of $3.2M tendered to Vasquez. This would make you think the Raptors valuation of him, as I alluded to yesterday, is somewhere around $3.7M.
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