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Report: Warriors pounce on G League DPOY as Stephen Curry backup

Warriors, Gary Payton II

The Golden State Warriors have had a roller-coaster ride of a season as they hold a 24-27 record and the 10th spot in the loaded Western Conference. The Warriors are in a position to battle it out in the play-in tournament to give themselves a chance to play in the postseason.

The Dubs are trying to help their cause in anyway possible, which is why they’re bringing in G League Defensive Player of the Year Gary Payton II on a 10-day deal, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium. Payton won Defensive Player of the Year while playing for the Raptors 905 G League club.

The guard is the son of Hall of Famer Gary Payton. The younger Payton went undrafted out of Oregon State in 2016 and has been a journeyman ever since. The 28-year-old made his first NBA appearance with the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2016-17 season. He has also played in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards.

The Warriors are signing Payton for depth behind star point guard Stephen Curry, who recently suffered a tailbone injury and has been battling through some pain. Golden State also has Jordan Poole and Nico Mannion at the point guard position, but Payton brings a bit of a different look thanks to his sterling defensive presence.

The Warriors have a big game against the Wizards on Friday night. Washington has been really struggling, so Golden State needs to win this game. Payton is expected to be available to play, but it’s unclear if he actually will see the court.