Gary Payton Is Still Irked by His 2003 Departure from Seattle

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Gary Payton Is Still Irked by His 2003 Departure from Seattle
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Gary Payton was set to become a free agent in the summer of 2003, and the Seattle SuperSonics' front office was not exactly keen to spend big money on a guard that was going to turn 35 during the offseason, in spite of Payton's All-Star-level play. In order to grab some sort of return for their franchise player before his career ran out, or before he ran elsewhere as a free agent, the team decided to deal Payton to Milwaukee at the 2002-03 trade deadline in February...

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