Gary Payton II leaves Warriors to sign a three-year, $28 million contract with Blazers

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Portland Trail Blazers have signed former Golden State Warriors guard Gary Payton II to a three-year, $28 million contract.

Payton’s payday is well deserved after being one of the season’s breakout performers in 2021-22.

He finally carved out a consistent role for himself with the Warriors as a defensive stopper and unconventional pick-and-roll threat after spending the majority of his career on 10-day contracts and in the G-League.

He was instrumental in Golden State’s championship run, and now he’ll take his talents to the Pacific Northwest.

On paper, the fit is quite good. Payton is obviously familiar with that part of the country because his father, Gary Payton, was a former star for the Miami Dolphins.

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