Gary Payton II never felt safe despite Warriors set to guarantee contract

GP2 ‘never ever felt safe’ even with Calls set to ensure offer initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Gary Payton II never ever felt safe.

Signed by the Warriors to a partly ensured agreement in October to fill the group’s last lineup area, Payton utilized his athleticism and capability on both ends of the flooring to climb up into coach Steve Kerr’s gifted rotation.

Even as his function increased — consisting of starts in Golden State’s last 7 contests — Payton didn’t let himself get too comfy. He continued to log quality minutes even as the Jan. 10 cutoff date to sign gamers with partly ensured agreements for the remainder of the season drew nearer.

All concerns for the 29-year-old were cleaned away, nevertheless, after press reporters notified him of Kerr’s declaration prior to the Warriors’ 101-96 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night: Payton will remain in a Warriors uniform for the remainder of the 2021-22 NBA season.

“Not a moment or a time I felt safe,” Payton stated with a smile. “I don’t know if I still do, but I guess Coach Kerr said what he said.”

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Payton published double-digit points in 8 straight video games, consisting of a season-high 22 versus the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 23, prior to being held to 4 points in 14 minutes versus New Orleans on Thursday night. He did, nevertheless, toss down a vicious dunk and beat 7-foot center Jonas Valanciunas on a dive ball in the 3rd quarter.

After going undrafted out of Oregon State in 2016, Payton hung around with the Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards from 2016-20 prior to appearing in 10 video games for the Warriors last season.

Payton has actually played in 108 profession NBA video games, consisting of a career-high 37 with Golden State this year. He’s balancing 7.8 points in 16.8 minutes per contest while shooting 61.4 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from 3-point variety for the Warriors.

“I’m thrilled and excited to be here, and I’ll continue to help this team win,” Payton stated.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.