The Golden State Warriors make quick decisions to finalize their list for 2021-22 NBA regular season. After evaluating the performance of some of the candidates to fill the 15th guaranteed place in the preseason, the franchise decided to give up four players.
That includes Avery Bradley, Jordan Bell, Mychal Mulder and Gary Payton II. Bradley played four games in the preseason, averaging 4.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game at 12.7 minutes per game. He also shot only 22% from the 3-point line, which led to his elimination. Meanwhile, Mulder averaged 5.8 points, shooting 35.8% from the 3-point line.
Bell played just over 8 minutes per game, averaging 3 points, while Payton played just one game. It will always be a difficult task for these players to make the cut after a weak preseason.
The Golden State Warriors will now hold open 15th place on the schedule, moving into the regular season.
Gary Payton II could be brought back by the Golden State Warriors
Gary Payton II played just one game in the preseason (against the LA Lakers) for the Golden State Warriors, but he was impressive. He scored 12 points in 11.2 minutes, shooting 5 of 7 from the field. According to Anthony Slater of Athletics, there is a possibility that the Warriors will look at him to bring him back to 15th place.
Payton had an outstanding summer performance with the Golden State Warriors. He averaged 11.3 points, seven rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.3 steals per game in three appearances. Due to injury problems, he could not play much in the preseason.
The Golden State Warriors could include him as their 15th player to save some money next season. Offering Gary Payton II a guaranteed contract would give them more flexibility to progress in case they feel there is a need for a particular player in the middle of the season.
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