Payton II has a real-time contract of $3.7 million, but he has room to earn more in free agency this offseason. With defensive specialist guards like Marcus Smart and Alex Caruso being rewarded with lucrative contracts last summer, Payton II could be looking at a long-term deal if he’s a major contributor to a deep Warriors playoff run. They hold his Early Bird rights this offseason, allowing them to re-sign him to up to a four-year deal that would be slightly higher than the non-taxpayer mid-level exception amount.
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Wes Goldberg: Gary Payton II has had his partial guarantee date pushed back to the start of training camp, per source.
Anthony Slater: Warriors have announced the Gary Payton II signing, which makes him available vs the Grizzlies today, if needed.
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.
Anthony Slater: Gary Payton II practiced with the Warriors today but won’t go on the road trip. Steve Kerr said Warriors front office is “exploring options”, including a possible Payton return later in season. But his second 10-day has expired and no immediate plans to sign him.
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.
Michael Scotto: The Golden State Warriors are expected to sign Gary Payton II to a deal, league sources told @Jorge Sierra.
Shams Charania: Guard Gary Payton II is signing a 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
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.
Charles F. Gardner: Source confirms ESPN report of 2-year deal for Payton II with Bucks.
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.
Jonathan Feigen: The Rockets have as expected waived Gary Payton II, the first of today’s roster moves, per source.
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And Wall’s remaining money is significantly more than Walker’s was. For a Wall buyout to make any sense for the Rockets, Wall would likely have to give up even more than Walker did to the Thunder — and there’s next to no chance Wall could make that up in his next deal. At any rate, that hasn’t been seriously discussed by either side as a possibility. “It’s hard for him at this point in time, when your salary doesn’t equal what your production is,” a sympathetic front office person from another team said Wednesday. “That’s hard for him. It’s hard for a lot of guys.”
But executives around the league believe Wall as an unrestricted free agent would have suitors he’d never see if his current deal remains in place. One general manager volunteered the Kyrie Irving-less Nets, in a reserve role behind James Harden, or the Bucks as viable destinations. That is, if Wall were playing for the minimum. “He’s still really good,” another GM with no current need at point guard texted. “Just not at the number he currently makes.”
Execs don’t think Wall would make much sense on young squads. That obviously includes Houston, whose future is tied up in Green, the second pick in this year’s draft, and Porter Jr. But how many teams with guard needs are actually contenders? The number is less than 10, maybe less than five. But it’s not zero.
New Portland Trail Blazers head coach Chauncey Billups questioned his team’s effort after a 114-83 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night. The Blazers were without All-Star guard Damian Lillard but still put up little fight against a Spurs team which came into the contest six games below .500. “My biggest concern, I think, at the moment, is I want us to compete harder, man. I want us to compete harder,” Billups said. “I want us to be competitive in every game. And I don’t feel like every night we do that. We don’t. And it concerns me. And I’ve felt that way in a lot of our wins. This is not just after a loss, me saying this.”
“I’m still puzzled,” Wilkins said of his snub. “I remember Shaq telling me, ‘I didn’t deserve to be on this team before you. I was only in the league for a few years. I shouldn’t have been on it.’ I thought that was big of him to say that. I look at guys I competed with, and they know what I brought to the game. The biggest thing was guys like Shaq, Dr. J (Julius Erving), Jordan, Magic (Johnson) all said that it couldn’t be a 50 greatest list without me on it. That meant more to me than someone even selecting me because my peers knew what I brought. “I talked with Clyde Drexler recently, and he said, ‘Nique, you know how pissed we were when you weren’t on there? We knew what you did. You were a one-man wrecking crew and never had a great player to play with. All of us had other players.’ To hear stuff like that from great players, what more can I ask for?”
What gets lost in that story is despite Jordan going off for 61 points, the Hawks won. In the final seconds, Wilkins drained a jumper over Jordan to give the Hawks a lead. The Bulls had a chance to tie or go ahead on the final possession, but Wilkins stopped Jordan on the other end. “Last time I saw Mike I said, ‘Do you remember that happening?’ He goes, ‘I don’t recall it happening.’ I said, ‘Bullshit. Bullshit,’” Wilkins laughed. “Mike and I are good friends. We always respected each other. We lived to compete against each other. I played against a lot of great players, but one guy bought the most out of me, and that was playing against Michael. He’s going to bring it to you, and if you’re not ready to give it back, you already lost. “It was entertainment at the highest level. You’re playing against a killer who wants to win at any cost. Mike was a killer. He wanted to take your heart, but I had the same mentality. I wanted to take the heart of whoever was guarding me.”