Latest Gary Payton II News

Lillard signs extension, looks forward to re-tooled Blazers

Jul. 09, 2022 22:28 PM EDT

Damian Lillard's new contract with the Trail Blazers is a point of pride for the six-time All Star who has spent his entire career in Portland. “I don’t think that you earn something like this just by going out there and scoring a bunch of points," he said. "Something that’s...

Former Beavers Payton, Eubanks reunited with Trail Blazers

Jul. 07, 2022 20:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A little more than six years ago, guard Gary Payton II and forward Drew Eubanks were teammates at Oregon State, leading the Beavers to an NCAA Tournament appearance after a 26-year drought. Now they're teammates once more — and back in Oregon — with the...

Looney returning to Warriors on 3-year deal, Payton gone

Jul. 01, 2022 23:46 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Golden State Warriors wanted to keep their roster together to make a run at a repeat. As the NBA's free agency period began, Golden State retained center Kevon Looney when he agreed to a $25.5 million, three-year contract, but lost several other key faces....

AP source: Payton II to join Blazers on $28M, 3-year deal

Jul. 01, 2022 22:02 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gary Payton II is returning to his Pacific Northwest roots, agreeing to a $28 million, three-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers. A person with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed on Friday that Payton would depart the NBA champion Golden State...

Day 2 of free agency: LaVine, Nurkic decide to stay put

Jul. 01, 2022 16:40 PM EDT

Zach LaVine is staying in Chicago. Same goes for Jusuf Nurkic in Portland. Day 2 of NBA free agency on Friday brought another max deal — this time, going to LaVine, who secured the richest contract in Bulls history when he agreed to a $215 million, five-year contract. ...

NBA free agency opens Thursday, starting deal-making season

Jun. 29, 2022 17:36 PM EDT

Let the talking begin. The trading, too, and eventually the signing. Free agency officially opens Thursday in the NBA, with teams able to begin negotiating at 6 p.m. Eastern with players who are not under contract — although, in reality, free agency and the slew of offseason...

Junior Circuit: Big league sons making own names in majors

Jun. 27, 2022 16:47 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Growing up as the son of a major league ballplayer, Terry Francona knew the rules: “Talk only when spoken to, or I’d be spanked.” When Francona became a big league manager and his players would bring their kids around, he ran a more hospitable clubhouse. ...

Champion Warriors celebrate fourth title in eight seasons

Jun. 20, 2022 17:59 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — From the moment all those months ago that Klay Thompson uttered “championship or bust” with his team off to an 18-2 start, the Golden State Warriors seemed set to make good on his lofty proclamation. It took Thompson getting healthy at last, then Draymond...

Wiggins delivers on both ends, Warriors lead NBA Finals 3-2

Jun. 14, 2022 01:25 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Exhibiting a determined confidence and grit all game, Andrew Wiggins single-handedly took the pressure off Stephen Curry and delivered the best game yet of his eight-year career. Now, the first-time All-Star is on the cusp of becoming a first-time NBA champion...

Analysis: Draymond Green set the tone for Warriors in Game 2

Jun. 06, 2022 02:12 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first sign Game 2 of the NBA Finals was going Golden State’s way came on the first possession. Boston controlled the opening tap. Marcus Smart dribbled across midcourt and flipped the ball to Jayson Tatum, who quickly tossed it to Al Horford near the top...