The Golden State Warriors only had 13 players on their roster (plus a pair of two-way contracts), so they had to add to their roster soon to meet the minimum of 14 players. And they’re doing so with the offspring of one of Oakland’s finest. According to multiple reports, the Warriors are signing Gary Payton II to a 10-day contract.
Guard Gary Payton II is signing a 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 8, 2021
Even though this is the first we’ve heard of Payton to the Warriors, it seems that it’s been in the works for a while now. According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Payton has already taken the requisite coronavirus tests needed to join the team, and will practice with them today.
He should be ready for Friday night’s game against the Washington Wizards.
I’m told that Gary Payton II will be available for the Warriors practice today and tomorrow’s home game vs the Wizards. Has already been testing in anticipation of the 10-day signing. https://t.co/LdA4NwST67— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) April 8, 2021
Payton is a 28-year-old left-handed point guard who has played sparingly since making his NBA debut during the 2016-17 season. In 61 games with three teams, he’s averaging 12.6 minutes, 3.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 0.8 steals per game, and shooting 41.4% from the field and 25.6% from three-point range.
He hasn’t played in the NBA yet this season, but had a decent run in the G League bubble with Raptors 905, averaging 21.8 minutes, 10.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.5 steals per game, while shooting 55.5% from the field. He shot just 17.9% from deep, however.
It’s unclear if the Warriors plan to play Payton, or if this is merely a logistical move that will keep him on the back of the bench barring an injury. Either way, welcome to the squad!