Warriors sign Gary Payton II to non-guaranteed contract


The Warriors finalized their 2021-22 opening night roster on Tuesday morning by announcing the signing of guard Gary Payton II to a non-guaranteed deal.

Payton only played in one preseason game with the Warriors but also wowed during NBA Summer League with his athleticism to earn the 15th and final roster spot.

Under the current agreement, Payton’s deal wouldn’t become fully guaranteed until Jan. 10, meaning he could still be on the chopping block the next few months should the Warriors pursue frontcourt depth, etc.

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Payton, 28, beat out veteran Avery Bradley and guard Mychal Mulder for the roster spot despite playing just 11 preseason minutes due to an offseason hernia issue. In that run against the Los Angeles Lakers, though, Payton scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting while showing the energy and tenacious on-ball defense that makes him an intriguing player.

Payton's not much of a shooter, but the Warriors have plenty of that already. Bradley, meanwhile, has been claimed off waivers by the Lakers and the Warriors signed guard Jeff Dowtin to their final two-way contract on Monday.

According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Payton will be eligible to come off the bench for Tuesday's opener.

Here’s a look at the Warriors' 17-man roster:

Stephen Curry, G
Jordan Poole, G
Andrew Wiggins, F
Draymond Green, F
Kevon Looney, F/C

Nemanja Bjelica, F
Andre Iguodala, F
Damion Lee, G/F
Otto Porter Jr., F
Juan Toscano-Anderson, F
Moses Moody, G
Gary Payton II, G
Jonathan Kuminga, F (injured)
Klay Thompson, G (injured)
James Wiseman, C (injured)

Two-way contracts
Chris Chiozza, G
Jeff Dowtin, G