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Warriors Rumors: Gary Payton II, GSW Agree to 10-Day Contract

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The Golden State Warriors reportedly
signed point guard Gary Payton II, who’s been playing for Raptors 905
in the G League, to a 10-day contract.

Shams Charania of Stadium and The
Athletic reported the news Thursday.

Payton has spent most of his time in
the G League since going undrafted in 2016, though he’s also embarked
on a few of NBA stints with the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers
and Washington Wizards.

The 28-year-old Oregon State product,
who’s the son of Hall of Fame guard Gary Payton, has averaged 3.5
points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 12.6 minutes across 61 NBA
appearances.

He’s found more consistent success in
the G League, winning the 2019 title as a member of the Rio Grande
Valley Vipers and being named the 2020-21 G League Defensive Player
of the Year.

Payton averaged 10.8 points, 5.6
rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.5 steals while shooting 55.5 percent from
the field during the league’s abbreviated 2020-21 season.

In March, the 6’3”, 195-pound guard
told Kelsea O’Brien of BasketballNews he hoped to eventually find a
full-time home in the NBA.

“I’m fine adapting, but it is
frustrating at times,” Payton said. “You want to be able to
call one place home, and know that you’re going to be there for a few
years and not have to worry about your next move and whatnot. That’s
a little frustrating, but besides that, everything else is pretty
much just grind it out and take it how it comes.”

His defense is his calling card, much
like his dad, who was nicknamed The Glove for his defensive prowess,
but he believes his offense can also translate to the NBA level.

“So whatever I need to do for my team
I’m going to do it,” Payton told O’Brien. “If I need to run the
point, I can. If I have to play off the ball, I think I do a very
good job playing off the ball and finding little gaps and getting
open without it.”

The Warriors, who rank 24th in points
allowed per game (114.1), will likely give Payton some run during
the 10-day deal. He’ll probably match up with the opponent’s top
perimeter scorer when he’s on the floor in what will be a good test of his
progress.

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