Tuesday , Jun , 22 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Payton to remain with the Lakers

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Gary Payton will remain with the Los
Angeles Lakers after the 35-year-old guard exercised a $5.4 million option on

Payton took a huge pay cut to join the Lakers last summer with the hopes of
capturing the first NBA title of his career. However, Los Angeles was ousted
in five games by the Detroit Pistons in the Finals.

In the championship round, Payton averaged only 4.2 points per game, as he
made just 9-of-28 shots from the floor. During the regular season, he started
all 82 contests and averaged 14.6 points, 5.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds per

In 14 NBA seasons with Seattle, Milwaukee and the Lakers, Payton has averaged
18.0 points and 7.2 assists per contest.