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Rockets’ Gary Payton II Gets Guaranteed Salary

At this time of year, most players who sign contracts with the NBA teams will settle for non-guaranteed or partially-guaranteed deals, unless they’re notable free agents like J.R. Smith or Donatas Motiejunas, who simply haven’t reached common ground with their current teams yet. However, according to Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders (Twitter link), undrafted free agent Gary Payton II got a fully guaranteed salary from the Rockets on his new deal with the team.

Payton’s contract is believed to be for two years, and it’s not clear whether both years are guaranteed or just his 2016/17 salary. Either way, it gives the Rockets a 15th guaranteed salary for this season, even before taking into account Motiejunas, who remains a restricted free agent and is expected to return to the Rockets eventually.

Of course, Payton’s guaranteed salary doesn’t preclude the team from re-signing Motiejunas. But if that happens, it will leave the club with 16 fully guaranteed players, with at least one of them needing to be traded or waived before the regular season gets underway. That should make training camp and the preseason more interesting in Houston, even for players whose roster spots had appeared reasonably secure.

More on the Rockets:

  • In a follow-up tweet, Pincus notes that Kyle Wiltjer, another undrafted rookie who was signed along with Payton, got a “nice partial guarantee” on his contract. The Rockets may have included that partial guarantee in order to convince Wiltjer to accept an assignment to the D-League if and when he’s cut by Houston.
  • As expected, Bobby Brown‘s deal with the Rockets is a non-guaranteed summer contract, tweets Pincus.
  • Head coach Mike D’Antoni has been impressed by recently acquired point guard Tyler Ennis, suggesting he’s “expecting good things out of him,” per Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle. Houston acquired Ennis from the Bucks last week in exchange for Michael Beasley.
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4 thoughts on “Rockets’ Gary Payton II Gets Guaranteed Salary

  1. Terrible to guarantee his contract . Should of sign Norris cole or Toney Douglas .

    • Lmao You think Cole or worthless Douglas is better than GPII? You know absolutely nothing about this kid and his potential. Get ready to look stupid this year.

  2. I know you don’t know basketball cole is good he had numbers this year . Then you said Douglas is worthless your not basketball savy . DOUGLAS average 9 points this season shot 40 percent from 3 this past season . Started 20 games average 15 pts , 4.5 assist , 2 steals. That’s not worthless . I’ll take Norris cole and Toney Douglas over Gary Payton II any day .

  3. dust44

    This dude must b Douglas’s agent or something. He’s posted to sign him on every post about a team needing a guard lol

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