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Five underrated NBA free agent signings, including Blazers landing Gary Payton II, T.J. Warren to Nets

Some NBA free agency moves are so obviously impactful that they immediately alter the league's landscape. Think Kevin Durant signing with the Golden State Warriors back in 2016. You knew right away that that was a major move. Not all signings are like this, though. Some fly under the radar a bit at first, but still prove to be substantial in time. We're going to look at the latter type here.
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Out Of The NBA In October, Gary Payton II Is Now A Game-Changer

Gary Payton II slipped through several team's hands, several times. Undrafted out of Oregon State back in 2016, it has been a constant scrap for the man nicknamed "The Mitten" to get to the very fringes of the NBA ever since. Even with the innate name recognition he inherited from his father, "The Glove", Payton II has been on the outside looking in from day one. Across his first five professional seasons, Payton II spent more time in the G-League than the NBA, and never earned above a minimum salary, winning only contracts that were either unguaranteed or for a mere 10 days in duration.
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Draymond Green congratulates Gary Payton II on new deal

The Golden State Warriors won their fourth NBA championship in eight years this past season. Often times when a team wins a title, the front office opts to run it back with the existing roster largely intact. Veterans get overpriced new deals. Role players are paid a bit too much, leading to eventual trades when their contracts are on the verge of expiration. It’s a tried and true practice.
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Zach Lowe Knew Gary Payton II Was An Elite Defender Before The Hype: "He May Be The Best Defensive Guard In Professional Basketball, That's How Good That Dude Is Defensively."

For many in the NBA world, Gary Payton II was a relatively unknown commodity last year. He was just a guy who had bounced around in the league a bit and was a rotation piece in the Golden State machine. He had, in fact, been waived by the Warriors before last season, but they signed him back, and that proved to be an inspired decision.
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Gary Payton II Is an Impact Free Agent for the Trail Blazers

As expected, the Portland Trail Blazers brought back Anfernee Simons and Jusuf Nurkic to their roster in 2022 free agency. But there’s no doubt that Gary Payton II was the franchise’s biggest free agent addition. Despite the former Oregon State Beaver’s unconventional NBA journey, the 29-year-old has finally...
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Trail Blazers Sign Gary Payton II

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 6, 2022) – The Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard Gary Payton II, it was announced today by General Manager Joe Cronin. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We are excited to have Gary join us in Portland,” said Cronin. “Gary brings...
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Fits Like a Glove: How the Trail Blazers Can Maximize the Addition of Gary Payton II

During the waning hours on Day 1 of the NBA free agency period, guard Gary Payton II agreed to a three-year, $26.1 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. After a breakout 2021-22 NBA season for the Golden State Warriors that finally saw Payton establish some level of stability in the league, the 29-year-old free agent parlayed his standout campaign into a lucrative payday.
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Decision to let Gary Payton II sign elsewhere ‘stung several’ within Warriors organization [report]

Did the Warriors make a mistake letting Gary Payton II walk?. That is apparently the sentiment felt by some within the Warriors organization according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. In Slater’s excellent breakdown of Payton II’s replacement Donte DiVincenzo, the Warriors reporter cited sources who said not everybody was on board with Joe Lacob’s decision not to match the Blazers’ $8 million-plus annual offer for the defensive stopper.
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Major problems loom for Warriors roster after losing Gary Payton II, Otto Porter in free agency: How will Golden State replace key pieces?

The Warriors may have been quiet at the opening of free agency, but their own free agents were very busy. Gary Payton II signed a three-year, $27 million deal to join the Blazers, as reported by The Athletic's Shams Charania. Otto Porter Jr. is going to the Raptors on a multi-year deal with a player option, per Yahoo's Chris Haynes. Juan Toscano-Anderson joined the Lakers on a minimum deal, per Haynes. And Nemanja Bjelica is returning to Europe to play for Turkish club Fenerbahce, according to Sportando.
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Gary Payton II leaving Warriors to sign three-year, $28 million deal with Blazers, per report

The Portland Trail Blazers are signing former Golden State Warriors guard Gary Payton II to a three-year, $28 million deal, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. Payton's payday is well earned after he was one of the breakout players of the 2021-22 season. After spending the bulk of his career on 10-day contracts and in the G-League, he finally managed to carve out a steady role for himself with the Warriors as a defensive stopper and unconventional pick-and-roll threat. He helped lead Golden State to a championship, and now, he'll take his talents to the Pacific Northwest.
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