Gary Payton II out no less than a month as Warriors await commerce investigation

Newly acquired Golden State Warriors guard Gary Payton II might be out for no less than a month as he absolutely recovers from offseason surgical procedure for a core muscle harm, and Warriors common supervisor Bob Myers is awaiting a call from the NBA on whether or not the Portland Trail Blazers withheld something on Payton’s well being earlier than buying and selling him.

“What do I want? Whatever the NBA says is fair, just whatever that is,” Myers mentioned Monday of receiving any potential compensation from Portland. “I just want a fair result. I don’t know, whatever it takes, it takes. I don’t know how long.”

Myers is hopeful the defensive guard might return earlier than the playoffs. Payton is listed on the harm report with proper adductor soreness, stemming from the belly space — and there have been no additional particulars on whether or not which means the high-flying Payton’s proper leg can also be compromised.

“Gary’s going to be out. We’re going to evaluate him in a month. It is our determination he’s not ready to play right now,” Myers mentioned.

Myers wouldn’t handle any points the Warriors had with how Portland dealt with the commerce or whether or not they did not share any particulars on Payton’s well being, citing authorized constraints and medical privateness. Golden State did deliver issues in regards to the course of to the league earlier than deciding Sunday to undergo with the four-team swap that despatched middle James Wiseman to the Detroit Pistons.

Myers mentioned the workforce evaluated all choices, together with maybe rescinding the commerce altogether.

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“We had the time we had to make a decision, so it was just more thinking about it,” Myers mentioned. “Probably by Saturday night we had a sense of the direction we were going in.”

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While the defending champions had been hopeful of getting Payton play instantly, Myers nonetheless believes within the transfer over the lengthy haul. Payton signed a $28 million, three-year contract with the Trail Blazers.

“We still think it’s helpful. We just have to wait till he gets healthy,” Myers mentioned.

The 30-year-old Payton performed in opposition to Golden State in a win Wednesday night time at Portland earlier than rejoining his former workforce forward of the commerce deadline a day later. Payton is averaging 4.1 factors, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists over 15 video games.

“As far as Gary, what he does for us, I think you all know. You’ve seen what he does for us,” Myers mentioned. “We’re trying to help give this team a boost, near term, long term.”

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Myers added that it was tough to half with Wiseman, the second general decide in 2020 who missed all of final season whereas recovering from proper knee surgical procedure he had late in his rookie season. The Warriors didn’t envision him making an affect this season in the event that they had been to have stored him and opted out of the commerce — and Myers mentioned he might be rooting for Wiseman’s success and alternatives in Detroit.

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“He is a great kid and did everything we asked him to do, on time, worked hard, great attitude whether he was playing or not, G League and back and forth,” Myers mentioned. “So it was a tough thing to do to move someone that we like that much as a person. I know that it’s a business.”

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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