The crazy thing about this is Payton has been playing for the Blazers but he has obviously been very injured.
There are some tough questions that need to be asked about why the Blazers were putting an injured player on the court.
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Significant concerns over Gary Payton II’s physical exam with Golden State has put Thursday’s four-team trade involving the Warriors, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trail Blazers in jeopardy, sources confirmed to ESPN.
The Warriors have until Saturday to go through with the deal or rescind the entire trade. No amendments to the deal can be made because of the passing of Thursday’s trade deadline.
The trade had the Warriors sending center James Wiseman to the Pistons for Saddiq Bey and Kevin Knox, the Hawks sending five second-round picks to the Warriors for Bey and then the Warriors sending Knox and those second-round picks to Portland for Payton.
The concerns are tied to the abdominal surgery Payton had over the summer, which held him out of the Trail Blazers’ first 35 games. He first returned in early January and most recently played 22 minutes against the Warriors on Wednesday.
Blazers general manager Joe Cronin said at a news conference Friday that Payton had been cleared to play and the team was “confident” he was healthy.
“Player safety is super important to us, it’s a super important thing around the league,” Cronin said. “We were playing him, he was playing, and he had been cleared and we were confident that he was healthy when he was playing. We would not have brought him back if we thought he wasn’t healthy or if he was at risk. So you trust that we did the right thing and trust that our process was correct.”
Payton II has been a disaster with the Blazers so we will see what happens going forward.
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