NBA: Blazers deal Gary Payton II back to Warriors

FILE–Gary Payton II is returning to the the Golden State Warriors. Justin Ford/Getty Photographs/AFP 

Six months after he left the Golden State Warriors and signed a multi-year free-agent cope with the Portland Path Blazers, guard Gary Payton II will return to the Bay Space.

Payton was dealt simply earlier than Thursday’s commerce deadline, ESPN reported, with the Blazers receiving 5 second-round draft picks in return. The deal additionally reportedly included the Detroit Pistons, who will ship ahead Kevin Knox to the Path Blazers.

Payton, 30, performed simply 15 video games with the Path Blazers after having offseason surgical procedure to restore a core muscle. He scored 4.1 factors with 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 17.0 minutes per recreation.

In Sport 2 of final season’s Western Convention semifinals in opposition to the Memphis Grizzlies, Payton came away with a fractured left elbow in addition to muscle and ligament harm. He was anticipated to be out for a month however returned to play 5 video games within the NBA Finals and helped the Warriors to the title.

The Warriors have struggled to defend their title this season and are 28-27 whereas in ninth place within the Western Convention. The Blazers enter play Thursday a recreation worse in tenth place, though each groups at the moment qualify for the postseason play-in event.

On Wednesday, the Blazers earned a 125-122 victory in opposition to the Warriors, with Payton beginning for Portland and scoring 9 factors in 22 minutes.

Payton has averaged 5.1 factors 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 157 profession video games (40 begins) with the Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Warriors and Blazers.

Knox, 23, has averaged 5.6 factors and a pair of.6 rebounds in 42 video games (one begin) with the Pistons this season. He has averaged 7.4 factors and a pair of.9 rebounds in 254 profession video games (62 begins) over 5 seasons with the New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks and Pistons.

Additionally Thursday, the Warriors reportedly obtained 5 second-round picks from the Hawks in change for ahead Saddiq Bey, acquired earlier from the Pistons for heart James Wiseman.

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