Wolves decline option on injury-prone Patton

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are declining the third-year option on center Justin Patton, according to a report from The Athletic.

Patton was the No. 16 overall pick in 2016, but has been plagued by injuries since then. He has undergone surgeries on both feet since being drafted.

"If Minnesota had exercised Patton’s 2019/20 option, it would have guaranteed his $3,117,240 cap hit for that season," Luke Adams of HoopsRumors explained. "By declining the option, the Wolves now won’t be permitted to offer a starting salary larger than that amount if they change course and want to retain the big man next July.