Adrian WojnarowskiExperienced NBA insider2 minutes read
The Golden State Warriors completed a four-team trade that allows guard Gary Payton II to pass his body and three other players — James Wiseman (Detroit), Saddiq Bey (Atlanta) and Kevin Knox (Portland) — starting Monday turned off. Sources told ESPN Sunday night.
The Warriors — who halted the trade after team doctors raised concerns about Payton’s injured stomach — will await an NBA investigation into the Portland Trail Blazers’ alleged failure to provide relevant medical information ahead of the agreement, sources said.
Findings of wrongdoing could cost the Blazers draft picks and fines and result in a re-examination of the package of five second-round picks the Warriors traded for the Blazers to acquire Payton, sources said.
The Warriors had been discussing the issue with the league office all weekend, and by 9:30 p.m. ET Sunday night’s notice, the deal was complete, sending Wiseman to Detroit, Bey to Atlanta and Knox to Portland, sources said.
After Payton arrived in a Thursday deadline trade with the Blazers, his physical contact with the Warriors meant his ongoing abdominal injury would sideline him for a significant portion of the remainder of the season, sources said.
The Warriors shared with the league what they believed to be evidence Portland failed to provide relevant medical information about his condition before agreeing to the trade, sources said. Also, the Blazers have not informed the Warriors that Payton – who missed 35 games after undergoing off-season abdominal surgery – had been taking the pain-killing drug Toradol to help him attend games this season, sources said.
The trade could not be added or changed as the league trade deadline expired on Thursday at 3pm ET.
The NBA could punish Portland with a fine and forfeit draft picks if an investigation uncovered “a failure to disclose relevant information.” The warriors believe they should be told Payton used Toradol to relieve pain, sources said.
The Warriors traded 2019 No. 2 overall Wiseman to the Pistons. Detroit traded Bey to the Hawks and Knox to the Blazers. The Warriors sent five second-round picks — including two via Atlanta — to the Blazers as part of the deal. The rest of the players passed the physical exam and joined their new teams. You can start practicing and playing on Monday.
Blazers general manager Joe Cronin told reporters in Portland Friday that his team is “confident” that Payton is healthy.
“Player safety is super important to us, it’s a super important thing in the league,” Cronin said. “We played against him, he played and he had been erased and we were confident he was healthy when he played. We would not have brought him back if we thought he was unhealthy or if he was in danger. So they trust that we did the right thing and trust that our process was correct.”
Payton, 30, signed a free agent deal with the Blazers after breaking out with the Warriors a year ago. Golden State recaptured Payton believing he would improve his full-back. Payton averaged 4.1 points in 17 minutes. He has two years and $18 million left on the contract.