Report: Gary Payton's Son Among Players Waived by Portland Trail Blazers

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 13, 2018

PORTLAND, OR - OCTOBER 10: Gary Payton II #5 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts during a pre-season game against the Phoenix Suns on October 10, 2018 at Moda Center, in Portland, Oregon.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Guard Gary Payton II was one of three players waived by the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Blazers also parted ways with forward Cameron Oliver and center Chinanu Onuaku.

Payton II's father is Hall of Fame point guard Gary Payton.

The 25-year-old Payton II was set to enter his third NBA season.

After appearing in six games as a rookie with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2016-17, Payton II split 23 contests between the Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers last season.

In 29 career NBA games, Payton II owns averages of 3.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

The former Oregon State standout also has experience playing in the G League for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Wisconsin Herd and South Bay Lakers.

In 69 G League games, Payton II has averaged an impressive 15.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 steals, while shooting 48.8 percent from the field.

Payton II's father is widely regarded as one of the greatest point guards in NBA history.

Over 17 NBA seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics, Bucks, Lakers, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, Payton was a nine-time All-Star, nine-time NBA All-Defensive selection, one-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and one-time NBA champion.

Nicknamed "The Glove" because of his defensive acumen, Payton ranks fourth in NBA history with 2,445 steals. He is also the No. 32 scorer in NBA history with 21,813 points and eighth in assists with 8,966.

By parting ways with Payton II, Oliver and Onuaku, Portland cut its roster down to 15 players ahead of the regular-season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

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