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Gary Payton II finalizes Portland Trail Blazers deal; Sources say the 3-year deal is worth $28 million

Gary Payton II finalizes Portland Trail Blazers deal;  Sources say the 3-year deal is worth $28 million

Gary Payton II He is finalizing a multi-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, and his agent, Aaron Goodwin, confirmed to ESPN.

Payton, who spent the past two seasons with the Golden State Warriors, is expected to join the Blazers on a three-year, $28 million deal, sources told ESPN’s Mark J. Spears. Sources told Spears that the Warriors offered Payton a mid-level exemption for taxpayers.

Just as Payton is associated with the Bay Area – with his father, the Hall of Fame guard Gary Payton, who was born in Oakland – also has a connection to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest region. He grew up in Seattle while his father was playing for the Seattle Supersonics. He also attended Payton and played for Oregon for two years.

After jumping all over the league since his rookie season in 2016-17, Payton finally found a spell at Golden State that allowed his game to thrive.

Seen as a point guard on his way out of college, Payton has been used as a striker, and sometimes a center, with the Warriors spending most of his time at Dunker’s spot.

Payton’s primary role was as a closed-back defender, scoring a defensive rating of 100 – good for 40th in the league and sixth among players who played around the same minute.

He has been successful in matches against some of the best players in the league, such as the best player in the league Nikola Jokicand the fact that he added more shots to his offensive arsenal (35.8% of 3 on 1.7 attempts per game) made him a more accurate player.

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