Heat re-sign Gary Payton
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – The Miami Heat have re-signed veteran point guard
Gary Payton. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
Payton averaged 7.7 points, 3.2 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 81 games last
season for the defending NBA champions.
Payton, who was named Defensive Player of the Year in 1996 and was an NBA
All-Defensive First Team selection in eight consecutive seasons (1994-2001),
has averaged 16.9 points, 6.9 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.90 steals per
game during his stellar career with the Seattle SuperSonics, Milwaukee Bucks,
Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Heat.
A first round pick by the Sonics out of Oregon State in 1990, Payton is the
Sonics’ all-time points, assists and steals leader.
Payton was also named All-NBA First-Team in 1998 and 2000 and was selected to
the NBA All-Star team on nine occasions. In addition, Payton was a member of
the gold medal-winning 1996 and 2000 U.S. Men’s Olympic teams.