October 16, 2020, 9:45 pmGary Payton IIG, Washington Wizards
Hall of Famer Gary Payton is eager for his next chapter in the NBA, he told Yahoo Sports, and believes he is 'now ready to coach.'
He seems likely to seek coaching positions on NBA staffs. We wouldn't expect Payton to get a head coaching gig right out of the gate, like fellow Hall of Famer Steve Nash did in September. Payton has revealed that he is 'eager' to join an NBA franchise and get the next chapter of his basketball life underway. For what it's worth, Payton's son, Gary Payton II, has been a fringe NBA player for the past couple seasons after a stellar college career at Oregon State. The elder Payton could be on the NBA sidelines in 2020-21 so keep an eye out for his name during this unique offseason.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
July 23, 2020, 11:55 amGary PaytonPG, Washington Wizards
Gary Payton II is still not with the Wizards in Orlando after testing positive for COVID-19.
Payton was reported to have the virus on the same day as Thomas Bryant. While Payton has yet to make the trip to the bubble, Bryant started and played seven minutes in Wednesday's scrimmage contest. Hopefully Payton is okay. If he can join his teammates he'll be in the mix for minutes with Bradley Beal not playing in the league restart, though Payton is unlikely to deliver much in terms of fantasy value.
Source: The Athletic
July 21, 2020, 12:06 pmGary PaytonPG, Washington Wizards
Gary Payton rode a short run of production in December to top-275 per-game fantasy value.
Payton played just 29 games with the Wizards but made 17 starts, and in 14.9 mpg he was able to average 3.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.2 blocks and 0.4 3-pointers. He was a flash in the pan on the fantasy radar but did help a few GMs out: On December 23 he posted 10 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and six steals. Anyone who scooped him after that initial outburst was rewarded with 10 points, five rebounds, five assists, a steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in his next game and then 15 points and another six steals in the game after that. Payton would have a few more games with gaudy steal numbers through the new year but essentially fell out of the rotation following the All-Star break. At least we know he's got one bankable skill when the minutes are there.
January 3, 2020, 10:36 pmGary PaytonPG, Washington Wizards
Gary Payton II logged 35 minutes against the Blazers on Friday night but continued to slow down, posting four points, four assists and a steal while shooting 2-for-7.
Payton was the new hotness last week but we were always skeptical that it was more than a flash in the pan. Hopefully you didn't drop anyone with legitimate season-long value.