Gary Peyton II is finalizing a multi-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, his agent, Aaron Goodwin, confirmed to ESPN.
Peyton, who spent the past two seasons with the Golden State Warriors, is expected to join the Blazers on a three-year, $28 million deal, sources told ESPN’s Mark J. Sources told Spears that the Warriors offered Payton a taxpayer mid-tier exception.
Just as Payton has ties to the Bay Area—with his father, Hall of Fame guard Gary Peyton, born in Oakland—he also has ties to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. He grew up in Seattle while his father played for the Seattle SuperSonics. Peyton also participated and played for two years at Oregon State.
After bouncing around the league since his rookie season in 2016-17, Peyton eventually found a fit at Golden State that allowed his game to flourish.
Seen as a point guard when he came out of college, Peyton was used as a forward and occasionally as a center, with the Warriors as he spent most of his time at Dunker Spot was.
Patton’s primary role was as a lockdown defender, posting a defensive rating of 100 – good for 40th place in the league and sixth best among players playing around a single minute load.
He was successful in matchups against some of the league’s best big guys like MVP Nikola Jokic, and the fact that he added a little more shooting to his offensive arsenal (3 to 35.8% on 1.7 attempts per game) made him even better. – Goal player.