Atlanta Hawks: Three cheap free agents to replace Onyeka Okongwu

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Atlanta Hawks free agent center No. 3) Patrick Patterson

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The Hawks could use the talents of a player like Patrick Patterson. He is a big man with some good shooting touch. He has also shown that he is a capable defender and can rebound the basketball as required.

He would add another level of shooting for the second unit, especially if the Hawks need to insert Danilo Gallinari into the starting lineup if they lose John Collins. Patterson can play either frontcourt position on the second unit, giving the Hawks greater flexibility with their lineups.

Patterson is happy with a smaller role on offense than most other players, only taking an average of 5.8 shot attempts per game throughout his career. As he is a 36.9 percent shooter from the perimeter, he is able to space the floor well, helping his guards penetrate into the paint, therefore creating the best possible shot for the team.

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Patterson has signed two small deals to play with the LA Clippers over the past two seasons. If the Hawks lose Collins, then they could pay a little more to secure Patterson’s services. He is another good veteran presence who would help the Hawks squad.