Pistons Sign Former First-Round Pick Justin Patton

By 97.1 The Ticket

Troy Weaver has made his first move as general manager of the Pistons.

The team signed 23-year-old center Justin Patton on Friday.

Drafted 16th overall in 2017 after being named Big East Freshman of the Year at Creighton, Patton has yet to live up to his billing in the NBA. Injuries have been a big reason why. 

Patton began his career with the Timberwolves, after the Bulls included his draft rights in the Jimmy Butler trade. But he was hobbled for most of his rookie season by a broken left foot. 

Before the start of the next season, Patton broke his right foot. Then he was packaged in another Butler trade, this time to the 76ers, and missed most of the season. From there, Patton made stops in Oklahoma City and Dallas. 

He's appeared in nine games over three seasons, with low offensive numbers. 

Patton intersected with Weaver during his time with the Thunder, and Weaver must have seen something he liked. Patton's highlight last season was a 45-point performance for the Thunder's G-League team. 

OKC traded him shortly thereafter to the Mavericks, who released him the next day. 

Health willing, Patton will try to kickstart his career in Detroit.