Warriors not signing Payton II for remainder of season

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Gary Payton II's second 10-day contract with the Warriors expires Wednesday, and the Warriors at this point in time will not be signing him for the remainder of the season.

"Gary practiced today, but he will not go on the trip," Steve Kerr told the media Wednesday afternoon. "We are exploring our options as we wind down the season. There's a chance that he would bring him back. That's the hope.

"But we have some things to consider. The front office is going through their process and we'll see how it plays out."

The Warriors open a four-game road trip Thursday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves, before facing the Houston Rockets on Saturday night and the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday and Tuesday.

Payton II's best game in a Golden State uniform was against the Oklahoma City Thunder on April 14, when he racked up 10 points, four steals, three rebounds and one block in about nine fourth-quarter minutes.

"We love Gary. He's played really well," Kerr said. "He's somebody who we'd feel like we'd love to have back. And of course he's gotta consider his own options as well.

"So we'll see how it plays out."

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And no, Kerr has not heard from Payton II's father -- NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton -- during the lefty's stint with the Warriors.

"One of the great things about coaching in the NBA as opposed to coaching in high school is we generally don't talk to parents," Golden State's coach said in a playful manner. "Parents never call me and say, 'You know, my son should be playing more [laughter].' 


"So I have not heard from Gary. He obviously did a great job raising his son. Just an incredible teammate, he's a wonderful human being."

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