Former Hawks shooting guard Lamar Patterson has agreed to a deal to play in China with Lhasa Jingtu, according to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando. The club is part of China’s National Basketball League, the country’s second-tier league behind the Chinese Basketball Association.
Patterson, the 48th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, spent his first professional season in Turkey before returning stateside to join the Hawks for the 2015/16 campaign. In parts of two NBA seasons, the former Pitt standout appeared in 40 games for Atlanta, averaging 2.3 PPG and 1.4 RPG in limited minutes.
Patterson spent a portion of the 2017/18 season with Fiat Torino in Italy. However, he and the club reached an agreement to part ways in March, paving the way for his latest deal. Although he didn’t stick with Fiat Torino for the entire season, he was one of the team’s most effective players, averaging 16.3 PPG and 5.3 in EuroCup play, with 13.4 PPG and 4.6 RPG in 18 Italian League games.