Report: Lakers to sign Gary Payton II to two-way contract

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Nov 22, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Gary Payton II (0) against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly nearing agreement on a two-way contract with guard Gary Payton II, according to Yahoo’s Shams Charania.

The signing is expected to happen soon as Charania reports that the Lakers will be joined by Payton in Memphis, where they play the Grizzlies on Monday.

The news comes on the heels of the team waiving former two-way guard Vander Blue last week. As a player on a two-way contract, Payton will alternate time with the Lakers and their G-League affiliate. Because the amount of time allowed in the NBA is prorated, Payton will only be able to spend about 20 days with the parent team for the rest of the season.

The deadline to sign players to two-way contracts is January 15th.

Payton, the son of former Lakers and NBA great Gary Payton, has not found a permanent home in the NBA, yet, having joined several teams for Summer League and preseason basketball. He has played a total of 18 games in his two seasons in the NBA, all with the Milwaukee Bucks.

This season, Payton averaged 2.5 points and 0.8 assists in 8.8 minutes per game, starting in six of his 12 appearances for the Bucks.

Payton, 25, is known more for his defense and athleticism than his shooting and offensive efficiency.

The Lakers still have one open roster spot.

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