Despite the fact that medical examinations have revealed a serious muscle problem that is expected to cause him to miss several games, reportedly about 3 months, the Golden State Warriors Have finally decided to keep themselves Gary Payton II. Thus, the four-team trade with Portland, Detroit and Atlanta does not go away, and most importantly James Wiseman remains with the Pistons just as Saddiq Bey remains with the Hawks. In the past few days, however, the Warriors have reported to the NBA the behavior of the Trail Blazers, who, according to their version allegedly concealed Payton’s injury in negotiations. The league will investigate and, if necessary, punish Portland with a fine or the “cancellation” of future draft picks as is the case with tampering teams.
Payton II, who was in the stands last night to watch the game against the Lakers, thus truly returns to the Warriors just a few months after his farewell in free agency. Last season, the son of The Glove had been a key player in the title run won in the finals against Boston, especially on defense. In this RS Gary Payton II has played only 21 games so far, with 4.1 points average in Portland.
The Warriors will go through with the Gary Payton II four-team trade, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Golden State will not pass Payton’s physical exam, sources said, but has decided to move forward with deal that brings back the key 2022 championship piece.
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 12, 2023