How the Warriors replaced Gary Payton II with Donte DiVincenzo

How the Warriors replaced Gary Payton II with Donte DiVincenzo

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Who would have thought, just a few weeks ago, that Gary Payton II was going to leave Golden State and that, at the same time, Donte DiVincenzo wouldn’t stay in Sacramento? Indeed, everything seemed to indicate that the two players were going to continue their adventures in California, each in his city.

But the marriage between DiVincenzo and the Kings quickly turned to divorce, while the latter had insisted for many months to bring him. Then Payton II, whose extension everyone was waiting for at Golden State, finally signed in Portland.

When too much is too much

It was the financial argument that made the difference. The Warriors, who have just won the title, were not afraid of their very heavy finances. But at one point, despite the sporting successes, owner Joe Lacob said “stop”.

This is why the franchise was only able to offer a “mid-level taxpayer” of 6.4 million dollars per season at its back. The Blazers have drawn a higher offer, with 8 million per year. The difference (1.6 million) may seem very superficial, but since the Warriors are in the red, it then turns into 15 million dollars in tax!

The leaders therefore backed down, which apparently hurt several people within the franchise according to The Athletic. Stephen Curry and Draymond Green would also have tried to convince their teammate to stay in the Bay, in vain.

DiVincenzo offers himself a year to convince at the champion

The Warriors’ mission was then twofold: keep Kevon Looney and find a replacement for Gary Payton II. For this, they extended their pivot for 25.5 million dollars over three years, which is much less than other interiors during this offseason. Also over three seasons, Ivica Zubac will receive 33 million at the Clippers when Marvin Bagley III rises to 37 million on the Detroit side.

In addition, the last year of Looney’s contract is only guaranteed up to 3 million. The Warriors thus have a little flexibility when it comes to negotiating with James Wiseman, when the latter is free in 2024.

Finally, Donte DiVincenzo found himself among the franchise’s targets. The former Milwaukee would probably be able to sign for a “mid-level taxpayer” at 6.4 million elsewhere, which was too expensive for the Warriors. Why ? Because they also wanted to integrate Ryan Rollins and therefore needed part of this sum to sign their rookie, bought two million dollars on the evening of the Draft. They therefore offered 9.3 million over two years to DiVincenzo, with an optional second year (4.8 million).

That way everyone is a winner. The Warriors have their rear off the bench, and the player, who arrives in a large and ambitious team, will still be able to test the market in 2023 and earn much more if he performs well during the 2022/2023 financial year.

Donte DiVincenzo Percentage Bounces
Season Crew GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
2018-19 MIL 27 15 40.3 26.5 75.0 0.6 1.8 2.4 1.2 1.4 0.5 0.7 0.2 4.9
2019-20 MIL 66 23 45.5 33.6 73.3 1.0 3.8 4.8 2.3 1.7 1.3 1.4 0.3 9.2
2020-21 MIL 66 28 42.0 37.9 71.8 1.2 4.5 5.8 3.1 1.7 1.1 1.4 0.2 10.4
2021-22 * All Teams 42 24 35.1 33.9 84.3 1.0 3.1 4.1 2.8 1.6 1.1 1.7 0.2 9.1
2021-22 * BAG 25 27 36.2 36.8 83.9 0.9 3.5 4.4 3.6 1.7 1.5 1.8 0.2 10.3
2021-22 * MIL 17 20 33.1 28.4 85.2 1.1 2.5 3.5 1.7 1.5 0.7 1.7 0.2 7.2
Total 201 24 41.5 34.7 76.6 1.0 3.6 4.6 2.5 1.7 1.1 1.4 0.2 9.0

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