The Blazers offered the 29-year-old defensive whiz a large part of the team’s midlevel exception, eventually agreeing to a three-year, $26 million deal with a player option on the third, on July 1.
Payton II was interviewed on the Truth and Basketball podcast with George Karl this week with the decorated coach asking the new Blazer why it was time to return to Oregon.
GP2 on why he left the Warriors for Portland… “For the Money… I had to take the Money”— warriorsworld (@warriorsworld) September 6, 2022
He made the right decision… was able to capitalize on a career year.
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“For the money, I had to take the money, I had to take the money, Coach.
“It didn’t work out, I would have loved to have gone back to Golden State but it just didn’t work out, just the timing and everything, it was a business deal, so I just had to take the money
The son of an NBA great who shares his name, Payton II struggled to find his place in the NBA after representing Oregon State between 2014-16. With multiple stops in the G League, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards, it was only last season with the Warriors that he staked his claim as an elite wing defender.
Payton II has put up career numbers of 5.2 points on 32 percent three point shooting, 2.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists and one steal.