Draymond, Steph pushed for the second 10 days of GP2 in 2021, first appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
For any young Warriors roster, gaining the trust and confidence of veterans like Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson or Andre Iguodala can be the ticket to a long NBA career.
For Gary Payton II, that played a role in his journey to becoming an NBA champion last week.
During “The Draymond Green Show,” which was recorded on the NBA podium after the Warriors’ Game 6 victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on Thursday night, Green revealed that he and Curry were the ones pushing him. team president and general manager, Bob. Myers will keep Payton at the end of the 2020-21 season.
“I remember his 10 days [contract] It’s over, and do you know where this 10-day period ended? ” Green said during the podcast, with Payton sitting a few feet away and listening to the whole thing. “This 10-day period is over here in Boston. And he makes fun of us all by saying “Son, it was wonderful. I appreciate you all. I’m like “What do you say?” And it’s like “My 10 days are over”. I say “friend, you will be here. See you later.’ And then I called Bob, Steph called Bob, we said, “You can’t get rid of GP. You have to bring him back. Do you see what he does? You have to bring him back. ” And that was the beginning of it all. “
At that point, Green welcomed Peyton to the podium and asked him how he felt about being an NBA champion.
“First and foremost, from me to you, I appreciate you and what you did,” Peyton told Green. “I went to bat for me in the summer and my first 10 days, whatever it was, you and my 30s had their backs to me and gave me this opportunity, believing in me, that only means the world. That’s why “I went to bat for you all this year. I did not do this for myself. I did it for you and your legacy. All legacies greater than my career, I’m proud of you and everything you went through, how you did it and I appreciate you.” .
The Warriors originally signed Payton on his first 10-day contract on April 8, 2021 and ended after a five-point loss to the Boston Celtics on April 17, 2021. Two days later, Golden State brought Payton back in a second 10-day. contract before finally signing a $ 1.99 million two-year contract for the rest of the season.
That did not guarantee that Payton would be on the roster for the start of the 2021-22 season and a few days before the start of the season, the Warriors resigned him, along with Avery Bradley, Jordan Bell and Mychal Mulder.
At the time of these four roster cuts, The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson II said Green, Curry and other Warriors veterans were upset that the front office did not keep Bradley as the 15th man on the roster.
A few days later, the Warriors brought Peyton back, signing him to a one-year, $ 1.93 million contract for the rest of the 2021-22 season.
After jumping into the NBA, Peyton finally found a home and earned the trust of Green and Curry, averaging 7.1 points and 3.5 rebounds in his career of 17.6 minutes in 71 games this season.
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Less than two weeks before the season, Payton was already showing his worth to the Warriors by playing lockdown defense, with coach Steve Kerr calling the 28-year-old a “big gun”.
Peyton became such an important part of the Warriors’ playoff rotation that breaking his elbow in the second round against the Memphis Grizzlies was considered a major blow to their title hopes, although they overcame this series and then defeated the Dallas Mavericks in conference. finals, giving GP2 a chance to return to the NBA Finals.
Against the Celtics, Peyton averaged the sixth most minutes per game of any Warriors player (18.6) and shot 59.1 percent (13-of-22) from the field. In the Warriors’ Game 5 win over Boston, he scored 15 points from the bench.
Now this “big gun” is an NBA champion and is headed to unlimited free agencies this season, although it is a safe bet that Green and Carrie will push for Myers and the front office to keep Peyton.
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