Looney returning to Warriors on 3-year deal, Payton gone
In order to attempt a repeat, the Golden State Warriors decided to keep their team together.
Golden State lost a number of significant players as the NBA's free agency period got underway, but the centre Kevon Looney was kept after agreeing to a $25.5 million, three-year deal.
Guard Gary Payton II, who signed a $28 million, three-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers, left the defending champs, and Otto Porter Jr. left for the Toronto Raptors.
"Thank goodness, I'm hoping that our players will give us the opportunity to respond to an offer. They are not required. They owe us nothing.
But if you succeed and foster a positive environment, you get that, said Golden State general manager Bob Myers last week in advance of the draught
But occasionally the finances don't work out for us or them, so you move on. However, our intention is to resurrect all of those men and make an attempt.
Looney, who is 26 years old, participated in all 82 games this year. He was one of only five players to play in all 82 games, and 104 straight if you consider the postseason run, averaging 6.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.0 assists.
He started the first three of the Warriors' six-game championship victory over the Celtics as well as all five of the Western Conference Finals games against Dallas.
After the season, veteran journeyman Payton admitted he couldn't wait to finally get his money in free agency. After spending so much time in the G League,
Payton was released before the season started and was prepared to join the team as a videographer when he was re-signed.
Payton expressed his eagerness "to simply unwind and take a breath."
On Warriors' exit-interview day, June 18, Payton stated, "It's simply relief after everything on the journey, just all I've gone through."
In the NBA Finals against Boston, which the Warriors won in six games, the 29-year-old Payton—a former great at Oregon State and the son of legendary Seattle SuperSonics player Gary Payton
emerged as a defensive stopper for Golden State. He had recovered from a fractured elbow.
Grizzlies star Dillon Brooks fouled Payton hard across the head during a layup attempt in the second round, causing Payton to sustain an injury. On May 3, he clumsily fell in Memphis.
Because of what he did for the Warriors and San Francisco off the field, Payton became a fan favourite. On May 31, he was given the NBA's Bob Lanier Community Assist Award for his advocacy of early diagnosis and support of dyslexic children.
In his debut year of regular action, Payton averaged 7.1 points and 3.5 rebounds over a career-high 71 games.
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