The Portland Trail Blazers announced today that 29-year-old guard Gary Payton II, recently signed from the Golden State Warriors, has completed surgery to repair a core muscle injury and will represent the new team for the 2022-2023 season. be ready.
Payton kicked off his NBA career in 2017, playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards, before getting a contract with the Warriors in 2021 and playing 71 regular-season games last season , averaged 7.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.3 blocks per 17.6 minutes per game. The overall hit rate is 61.6%, and the outside hit rate is 35.8%.
Payton played a pivotal role in the Warriors’ rotation, which eventually led to his first championship in the NBA .
However, because the Warriors faced the problem of excessive salary bills and luxury tax expenditures, some players who decided to break up the championship lineup included Payton. Payton then signed a three-year, $26.1 million contract with the Blazers to join the new team.
Gary Payton II underwent an off-season procedure in July to address a core muscle injury.
He is expected to make a full recovery by the start of the regular season.https://t.co/W3Kg8ksEFQ
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) September 16, 2022
It is reported that 32-year-old guard Damien Lillard also underwent early core muscle surgery to relieve muscle pain, and 22-year-old forward Nasir Little also underwent the same surgery in mid-May. Now that Payton has also completed the operation, he is expected to recover in a short time and play on behalf of the new team Blazers in the new season.
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