Warriors Re-Sign Gary Payton II

Gary Payton II, who was waived by the Warriors over the weekend, has been re-signed, the team announced (via Twitter). It’s a non-guaranteed deal, tweets Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

Golden State had a roster spot open after cutting Payton – along with guards Avery Bradley and Mychal Mulder and big man Jordan Bell – on Friday. The team now has a full roster, with 15 players on standard contracts and a pair on two-way deals.

Payton’s former contract would have paid him a $659K guarantee if he had remained on the roster for opening night. Every bit of salary is significant for the Warriors, who are well into tax territory, so bringing back Payton after he cleared waivers allows them to have him on the team and essentially pay him by the day.

The 28-year-old guard joined Golden State in April on a pair of two-way contracts, then was signed for the remainder of the season. He got into 10 games, averaging 2.5 points and 1.1 rebounds in 4.0 minutes per night. He is valued for his defensive skills and could be useful for the Warriors off the bench in certain situations.

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