Pacific Notes: Warriors, Armstrong, Paul, Anthony
A contract guarantee of $ 659,000 comes into effect Wednesday for Gary Payton II, which can affect the Warriors‘decision to keep him on the list, writes The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. Golden State is expected to release Payton in hopes of re-signing him if he accepts the waivers, Slater adds. This would give him a chance to earn a place in the camp with an unsecured deal.
Payton finished last season with the Warriors, appearing in 10 games after signing a pair of 10-day contracts in April. Slater points out that the team could use a defensive specialist like Payton to make up for losses from Kelly Oubre and Kent bazemore.
The Golden State roster will be almost ready to enter camp, Slater notes. Thirteen players have guaranteed contracts and much of the Damion leeThe deal will become guaranteed if he stays with the team until August 15, which is planned. Payton could find himself competing for last place on the roster with Mychal Mulder, whose contract is not guaranteed. A source told Slater the Warriors are still “monitoring” the free agent market in hopes of adding another veteran.
There is more to the Pacific division:
- Former NBA Center Hilton armstrong joined the WarriorsThe coaching staff, adds Slater. He will work in the video department and was involved with the Summer League squad in Sacramento and Las Vegas.
- Suns to keep Chris Paul Should be cured in time for training camp after undergoing surgery on his left wrist after the NBA Finals, according to Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic. “For Chris, it was a minor thing”, general director James jones said in an ESPN interview. “He’ll be ready in a few weeks to get back on the pitch with these guys as we start trying to come back after this short offseason.”
- Carmelo Anthony is delighted to finally team up with his longtime friend James lebron on the Lakers, by Mark Medina of USA Today. They have both been in the league for 18 years, but are teammates for the first time after Anthony agreed to a one-year contract with LA. “Most people would say you should have reunited years ago or earlier in our career. But we were on two different paths ”, said Antoine. “We were on two different paths. The circle is complete. “