Warriors Offset Gary Payton II Loss With Newest Signing


The Golden State Warriors have offset the loss of Gary Payton II by signing Donte DiVincenzo to a two-year, $9.3 million deal, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. The latter year holds a player option.

With DiVincenzo, the Warriors get a young guard who had some promise in his days with the Milwaukee Bucks. 

His best year came in the 2020-21 season where he started all of his 66 appearances and averaged career-bests of 10.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.1 assists while shooting 42.0 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from beyond the arc.

Though he did get a ring as a member of the 2021 Bucks, he did suffer an ankle injury during their first-round series against the Miami Heat. The injury required surgery and forced him to miss the rest of Milwaukee's title run. 

Based on how he played this past 2021-22 season, he struggled to regain back the form he had the year before.

The Bucks traded him to Sacramento mid-season. However, the Kings chose to let him walk in this offseason. Now, the Warriors get a crack on the former Villanova standout. 

The defending champions lost two key supporting pieces in their title run this past season. 

Defensive stalwart Gary Payton II got his bag and signed a three-year, $28 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. Meanwhile, steady 3-and-D veteran Otto Porter Jr. went to the Toronto Raptors on a two-year deal.

DiVincenzo isn't quite as proven as those two wings who helped Golden State win its fourth championship in eight seasons. But he will get a chance to revitalize his career as a member of the high-class Warriors organization.

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