NBA rumors: Gary Payton II officially signed by Golden State

Anthony Slater: Warriors have announced the Gary Payton II signing, which makes him available vs the Grizzlies today, if needed.

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Shams Charania: The Golden State Warriors are planning to sign guard Gary Payton II this weekend, sources tell me and @Anthony Slater. Payton showed a solid defensive presence during his two 10-day contracts.
Wes Goldberg: Steve Kerr says he and the front office are fans of Gary Payton II, whose second 10-day contract expires after tonight's game. Says if Payton II can change the flow of the game defensively and needs to just be "a solid shooter" to make it in the NBA.
Anthony Slater: The Warriors plan to sign Gary Payton II to a second 10-day contract, per source. He was a helpful defensive injection into the rotation last night in Boston.
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 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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