10. Gary Payton II
The Warriors have been arguably the league’s most disappointing team this season. They are four games under .500 and 12th in the Western Conference. Golden State would not even make the Play-In Tournament if the season ended today, and they must upgrade their roster if they want any chance at making a postseason run.
Payton II is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and has played just 16 games this season. The 31-year-old has appeared in more than 30 contests just once in his eight-year NBA career. He is an elite defender when on the floor, and Payton II played a key role in the Warriors 2022 title. There is plenty to like, but can he be trusted to stay on the floor?
He missed 13 games with a strained calf earlier this season and returned for just two contests before his latest injury.
Verdict: The Los Angeles Lakers should steer clear of Gary Payton II. His brief 11-game stint with the franchise in 2018 should remain his only time in purple and gold. The 6’2 guard could be an impactful contributor, but his injury history suggests he will struggle to stay on the floor. Availability is crucial, and GPII just cannot make it happen.