The Golden State Warriors just won the NBA Finals a few weeks ago but they won’t look the exact same when the new season begins.
There is speculation about who they will add.
There is also no doubt that some of their players won’t be around for the opening tip-off in October.
NBA free agency has shaken up the Warriors just a bit and it’s taken away a fan favorite.
Thank you for showing us the power of perseverance.
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) July 6, 2022
Gary Payton II recently signed a three-year, $28 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.
In a sign of solidarity and love for the departing star, the Warriors tweeted an image of Payton.
They also thanked him for “showing us the power of perseverance.”
Payton definitely did just that and he’s now got renewed interest from fans all over the league.
Payton averaged 7 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists during the latest Finals which was mostly in line with his 7.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and .9 assists for the season.
It was surprising to see Payton leave since he was fitting in so well with the team.
His trip from the Bay Area to Portland won’t be his first move.
Payton started in the NBA back in 2016 with the G League team the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
From there he moved to the Milwaukee Bucks, back to the G League with the Wisconsin Herd, then the Los Angeles Lakers.
Then it was the South Bay Lakers, Washington Wizards, Capital City Go-Go and finally the Warriors, with a few more trips to the G League thrown in for good measure.
In other words, Payton has been all over and he still plays each and every game with heart and soul.
There is no doubt he will bring that perseverance to Portland.