Path Blazers Signal Free Agent Gary Payton II With MLE

The Portland Trail Blazers has reached a contract agreement with NBA free agent Gary Payton II, most recently seen with the NBA Champion golden empire warriors. Payton II will enter a wits match featuring Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Josh Hart, and Shaedon Sharpe in the 2022 lottery as Portland continues to assemble what it hopes will be a competitive team around Lillard. Shams Charania by The Athletic tweeted news about the contractvalued in three years, $28 million.

Freelance agent Gary Payton II is finalizing a three-year, $28 million deal with Portland Trail Blazers, sources say @TheAthletic @Stadium

Payton II, son of NBA keeper Gary Payton, is 29 years old and has spent six seasons in the NBA. He played with Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizardsand Los Angeles Lakers apart from the Warriors. He averaged 7.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 17.6 minutes per game in 71 ratings with the Warriors last season, including 16 starts. He shoots 61.6% from the field in 4.8 tries per game, 35.8% from a three-point arc. He’s upped these to 65.9% and 53.3% in 12 playoffs en route to Golden State’s 2022 World Championship. The title is limited to the first playoffs of Payton’s career.

Throughout the run, Payton was praised for his defense and intensity.

The Blazers used most of their mid-level outliers to sign Payton. He made just $1.9 million last season. $9.3 million per year represents a significant salary increase for him. Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports that the contract includes provisions in favor of the defender, including player selection.

The three-year, $28 million contract the Portland Trail Blazers offered Gary Payton II has player options and additional incentives, league sources said. @YahooSports

Payton II created an already crowded following route for the Blazers. His acquisition could free up incumbents for deals as Portland continues to engage in crowded Western Conference conflict.

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