Warriors couldn’t entertain matching Gary Payton II’s contract, Joe Lacob says

Before NBA free agency began, the Warriors revealed that they wanted to bring back Gary Peyton II, and were considered the favorite to sign the versatile wing.

But once players were able to talk to other teams, it became clear that Peyton’s price tag was going to be much higher than the Warriors anticipated.

Ultimately, Peyton earned $1.9 million with the Warriors last season and signed a three-year contract worth $29 million with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Peyton’s decision not to match the Blazers’ offer Alleged “Stung” Members of the Warriors’ Organization, which developed him into a key member of the rotation.

Warriors CEO Joe Lacob spoke to Tim Kawakami of The Athletic on Thursday on a range of topics, including not being brought back. Multiple free agents of their own And the luxury tax bill Golden State will pay again.

“No surprise to us that if these guys got … like Gary Peyton had a good year and if he got a big offer, it was very unlikely that we were going to sign him again, No matter how much we love her,

Lacob told Kawakami. “And we liked him so much. He got a much bigger offer, in fact, than we thought he’d get.

Even more. And I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve it or deserves it. But it’s worth it.” There’s a lot. And it’s not something we can really entertain.”

The Warriors also lost Otto Porter Jr. to the Toronto Raptors. They wanted to bring him back, but he pushed himself out of the Golden State price range.

“And Otto Porter,” Lacob told Kawakami. “We had a good year. I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve what we got because he is. But if he got it, we knew we’d be in trouble. And so it played out.

To some extent “These guys played really well and made themselves more valuable and we made them more valuable. And unfortunately in that situation, they have to move on and we have to bring in some other guys.”

With Peyton, Porter, Nemanja Bezelica, Juan Toscano-Anderson and Damian Lee moved into free agency, the Warriors had roster spots to fill.

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