Shams Charania: G League guard Gary Payton II is close to a contract with the Washington Wizards, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Payton didn’t play in Showcase game today in Las Vegas.
Chris Miller: Can confirm #Wizards are close to signing Gary Payton II due to hardship exception with all the injuries to the team. I’m also told team will likely bring in a big man as well. #RepTheDistrict
Shams Charania: G League guard Gary Payton II is close to a contract with the Washington Wizards, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium. Payton didn’t play in Showcase game today in Las Vegas.
Fred Katz: Wizards won’t have to waive anyone to sign Payton. They have applied for & expect to receive a hardship exception, which allows them to have 16 players because of their injury issues. Teams can receive hardship when 4+ guys are injured, have missed 3+ games & will miss more time
The Canton Charge, powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, announced today that the team has acquired the returning player rights to guard Gary Payton II from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in exchange for the player rights to forward Jaron Blossomgame.
Adam Johnson: The @RGVVipers have reacquired Gary Payton II after finishing his 10-day deal with the Washington Wizards, the team announced today.
Marc J. Spears: Guard Gary Payton, Jr., expected to sign a 10-day contract with the Wizards tomorrow, a source said.
Fred Katz: The Wizards, by rule, have to add a player by tomorrow. And Scott Brooks had an A+ non-answer when asked what type of player the team, which has only 13 guys on the roster, might be after: “Yeah, we will definitely add a player soon. Pretty quick. Yeah.”
The Portland Trail Blazers have waived forward Cameron Oliver, center Chinanu Onuaku and guard Gary Payton II, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.
The Portland Trail Blazers signed three players on Tuesday including a popular Northwest connection. The Blazers added former Oregon State standout guard Gary Payton II, along with forward Cameron Oliver, and center Chinanu Onuaku and guard Gary Payton II, the team announced. The 6-foot-3 Payton has played 29 games in the last two seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. He has averaged 3.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.2 assists.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Chinanu Onuaku, Cam Oliver and Gary Payton II have agreed to training camp deals with Portland, league sources tell ESPN.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Gary Payton II to a two-way contract, it was announced today by General Manager Rob Pelinka. Payton II appeared in 12 games (six starts) for the Milwaukee Bucks this season while averaging 2.5 points and 1.4 rebounds in 8.8 minutes. Signed to a two-way contract with the Bucks, Payton II appeared in three NBA G League games for the Wisconsin Herd, averaging 18.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Los Angeles Lakers are planning to sign guard Gary Payton II to a two-way NBA contract. Payton is expected to join the team in Memphis.
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed Gary Payton II to a Two-Way contract. Payton II, 24, originally signed with Milwaukee on April 2 and played in six games during the 2016-17 season where he averaged 3.3 points, 2.2 assists and 2.0 rebounds. He appeared in four preseason games and averaged 7.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists.
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Gary Payton II to a multi-year contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today.
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Gary Payton II to a multi-year contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Payton, 24, appeared in 49 games (all starts) with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League this season, and averaged 14.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals in 32.7 minutes per game while shooting 49.8 percent from the field.
Chris Haynes: Gary Payton II to sign two-year deal with Milwaukee, league source tell ESPN. Partial guaranteed next year. @Charles F. Gardner first on agreement.
Gary Payton II will sign a contract with the Milwaukee Bucks for the rest of the season, a league source said Saturday.
Payton will fill the 15th roster spot after the Bucks waived forward Terrence Jones on Saturday. Payton is expected to sign on Sunday.
Bucks coach Jason Kidd is close with Gary Payton, and both grew up as talented point guards from Oakland, Calif. Payton was nicknamed "The Glove" and starred for the Seattle SuperSonics before joining the Bucks in a trade late in the 2002-'03 season.
Charles F. Gardner: Bucks will sign Gary Payton Jr. to roster spot on Sunday, according to league source.
Calvin Watkins: Rockets waived forward PJ Hairston, forward Le'Bryan Nash and guard Gary Payton II. The Rockets took a cap hit of $543,471 with the release of Payton.
June 19, 2021 | 1:07 pm EDT Update
According to a source, Brooklyn’s Blake Griffin asked a Celtics player if he should join the team midseason and was told not to come to Boston because of the apparent dysfunction. At season’s end, multiple sources close to the players said several members of the locker room were welcoming a coaching change, noting Stevens did not appear to hold key players accountable, with complaints he was favoring Smart over others.
Walker maintained his professionalism throughout the season but his health issues, the team’s poor performance and boos from TD Garden fans — something that particularly “pissed him off,” according to multiple sources — made him sour on his situation in Boston and had spoken privately about being willing to move to a new team. It had become clear he was not going to be in the team’s long-term plans.
While Walker’s struggles might have made him seem like a disappointment relative to his role and salary, he was still good last season. He is well-liked, known for his geniality and positivity. According to multiple team sources, there was some dysfunction in the locker room, with the relationship between Stevens and Walker characterized as tension-filled. Sources also suggest that Stevens was also perceived to be harder on Walker than on other top players.
Several team sources felt Stevens was more aggressive with certain players this season, which included Walker who was criticized for his defensive mistakes. Those sources said Walker and Stevens began to butt heads, though the pair were considered to have a productive working relationship and mutual respect for one another.
The Los Angeles Lakers are in the market to hire a new head athletic trainer after injuries ravaged their 2020-21 season. Nina Hsieh, promoted to head trainer two years ago, did not have her contract renewed, sources told ESPN.
L.A. let Marco Nunez go in April 2019 after three years at the helm after a season in which Lakers players lost 212 games because of injury. Before Nunez, Gary Vitti served in the role for more than 30 years. More changes are expected as the team is in the process of restructuring its approach to player health, sources told ESPN.
June 19, 2021 | 12:07 pm EDT Update
Malika Andrews: Nets Jeff Green, in part, on what he expects from Kevin Durant in tonight’s Game 7: “He’s been carrying us and I believe tonight won’t be no different. He’s going to go out there and play his heart out and put us on his back and lead us to the win.”