Sunday evening update: The Warriors have officially sent the deal through, although they will still fail Payton II’s physical, likely to allow the league investigation into Portland’s conduct to be completed.
Sunday evening update: The Warriors received an extension on their deadline to determine the outcome of this trade, which was originally Saturday. Golden State now has until 9:30 p.m. ET Sunday to make a decision and according to Adrian Wojnarowski, the move is set to go through. That means Payton II will be on Golden State, Wiseman will be on Detroit, Bey will go to Atlanta and Knox will go to Portland.
The Warriors have still filed a grievance with the NBA league office about Portland’s lack of information on Payton II’s injury, and that outcome is still undecided. Golden State does save some significant money on the tax with this move, so there’s incentive to get the deal done even with Payton II being out. Also, it would be very awkward for these players to have to come back to teams who traded them.
ESPN Sources: The four-team trade, held up by Golden State’s concern over Gary Payton II’s physical, is tracking to be completed today. Deal allows Payton II (Golden State) James Wiseman (Detroit), Saddiq Bey (Atlanta) and Kevin Knox (Portland) to join new teams.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 12, 2023
One of the bulkier trades from Thursday’s NBA trade deadline could be falling apart.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Friday that the four-team trade involving the Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, and Portland Trail Blazers could be in serious jeopardy due to a failed physical exam by Blazers guard Gary Payton II. The exam revealed a core muscle injury that could potentially sideline him until February. The Warriors, who were set to receive Payton in the deal and did the physical, have until Saturday to either go through with the trade or rescind the entire transaction.
This would be massive considering all of the moving parts that went into making this trade a reality. The biggest name involved in the deal was former No. 2 overall pick James Wiseman, who was headed to Detroit after Golden State had effectively given up on after two-and-a-half seasons. Detroit was set to send forward Saddiq Bey to Atlanta and guard Kevin Knox to Portland. Along with Knox, Portland was to receive five future second-round picks from Atlanta. To round things out, the Blazers were set to send Payton back to Golden State, who he helped win the NBA Finals last season.
The ball is now in the Warriors’ court and we’ll see what their decision is come Saturday.