Retaining All-NBL First Team member Lamar Patterson is a “priority” for the Brisbane Bullets heading into the offseason, according to general manager Richard Clarke.
Patterson reignited the Bullets this past season, with the Pennsylvania native amassing 17.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game after joining the team in round four.
Now a free agent, Brisbane has declared they want to bring Patterson back, with Clarke revealing the news to Greg Davis of The Courier Mail.
“Lamar and his agent do not want to make any sort of firm decision just yet so we will wait and see what happens closer to the start of the season,’’ Clarke said.
“But we would obviously like to have him back. It’s a priority for us.
“He enjoyed his time here and he obviously performed very well on court.
“We also expect European clubs to come into the mix given his performances with us.’’
According to a Sportando report, Patterson has agreed to play with Wuhan in the Chinese NBL. The 27-year-old averaged 45.2 points and 10.5 rebounds in that competition last season, while representing Lhasa.
Along with Patterson, the Bullets enter the player movement market with Adam Gibson, Matt Hodgson, Jeremy Kendle and AJ Davis out of contract.
Brisbane holds a club option on Cam Bairstow, while Cam Gliddon, Jason Cadee, Mika Vukona, Reuben Te Rangi and Will Magnay remain under contract.