The newest Sacramento Kings forward Patrick Patterson. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
SACRAMENTO, CA - A day after being traded from the Houston Rockets to his new Sacramento Kings team, forward Patrick Patterson admits he was shocked to be leaving his former team.
The surprise trade sent Patterson, along with Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas were shipped to Sacramento in exchange for Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt on Wednesday.
"For me it was a big surprise, I had no idea or any clue that I was going to get traded," the 23-year-old Patterson told News10 from Houston on Thursday afternoon. "I had a belief that I was still going to be wearing a Houston Rockets uniform, but obviously it didn't work out that way.
"I was definitely surprised, shocked and caught off guard," he said.
After the shock subsided Wednesday night, Patterson said he's ready for a fresh start in Sacramento.
"Since yesterday - I'm cool, I'm level headed," he said. "I'm ready for this transition to start, I'm ready to be a Sacramento King and get the ball rolling."
Patterson will be leaving a Houston Rockets team, who at 30-26 are in the playoff hunt, to join a lowly Kings team with only 19 wins and destined for the NBA Draft Lottery.
Patterson looks at the Kings with "great potential and talent" and feels that he will use the trade from Houston as motivation to finish out this season, and carry it into the off-season.
"(The trade to Sacramento) could be a blessing in disguise," said Patterson. "It is a positive, I'm going into a situation that's up and coming...I'm going to do whatever it takes."
With the Kings beginning a five-game road trip on Friday, Patterson said he was hoping to meet his newest teammates in Atlanta and make his debut against the Hawks on Friday. Instead, the newest Kings will be arrive in Sacramento on Friday to take physicals, then meet the team in New Orleans on Saturday.
By Sean Cunningham, SCunningham@News10.net