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The Portland Trail Blazers have signed Gary Payton II to a three year, $38 million contract. Payton just won a championship, having played the past two seasons with the Golden State Warriors. He averaged 7 points and 3.5 rebounds a game last season.
Payton like Damian Lillard was born in Oakland. He attended Oregon State for two years and was signed by the Blazers to a training camp deal back in 2018 before being waived.
Payton brings a much needed defensive pedigree to the Blazers backcourt and will likely see time at both the point and shooting guard positions.
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