Monday , Jan , 07 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Golden State Warriors Considering Gary Payton?

Despite giving the Warriors everything they reasonably expected from a backup center, DJ Mbenga was sacrificed Sunday on the altar of flexibility.The team announced it will waive Mbenga, clearing the 7-footer off its books just before the remaining balance of his contract-roughly $460,000-becomes guaranteed. Perhaps more important, the move opens a roster spot that the Warriors can use in any number of interesting ways…

Mullin said the team was more interested in guards or big men rather than swingmen, so one name that’s sure to come up is that of Oakland native Gary Payton. The 39-year-old point guard, who ranks third all-time among NBA players in steals and seventh in assists, is unsigned after spending the last two seasons with Miami and his agent, Aaron Goodwin, has told various media outlets a comeback is possible. But Mullin isn’t certain the Warriors want to go down the path of veteran help again. The two experienced players the Warriors brought in this season- point guard Troy Hudson and forward Austin Croshere-have been bedeviled by injuries. Click here for more from the Contra Costa Times.