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2:24 AM ET Kendra AndrewsESPN Gary Payton II is finalizing a multi-year cope with the...

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

Payton, who spent the previous two seasons with the Golden State Warriors, is anticipated to hitch the Blazers on a three-year, $28 million deal, sources instructed ESPN’s Marc J. Spears. The Warriors supplied Payton the taxpayer mid-level exception, sources instructed Spears.

Simply as Payton has ties to the Bay Space — along with his father, Corridor of Fame guard Gary Payton, being born in Oakland — he additionally has a connection to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. He grew up in Seattle whereas his father performed for the Seattle Supersonics. Payton additionally attended and performed at Oregon State for 2 years.

After bouncing across the league since his rookie season in 2016-17, Payton lastly discovered a slot in Golden State that allowed his recreation to flourish.

Seen as a degree guard when he got here out of school, Payton was used extra as a ahead, and typically even a middle, with the Warriors as he spent most of his time within the dunker spot.

Payton’s main function was as a lockdown defender, posting a defensive ranking of 100 — good for 40th within the league and sixth-best amongst gamers who performed across the identical minute load.

He was profitable in matchups towards a number of the league’s greatest huge males, similar to MVP Nikola Jokic, and the truth that he added a bit of extra taking pictures to his offensive arsenal (35.8% from Three on 1.7 makes an attempt per recreation) made him a extra well-rounded participant.

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