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Blazers’ Gary Payton II to be ready for opener after core surgery

Jun 16, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Gary Payton II (0) holds the the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics in game six of the 2022 NBA Finals to win the NBA Championship at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Trail Blazers guard Gary Payton II underwent an offseason procedure in July to repair a core muscle injury, the team announced Friday.

The Trail Blazers said Payton’s rehab is going well and that he should make a full recovery by the start of the season.

Payton’s procedure was performed by Drs. William C. Meyers and Alexander E. Poor at The Vincera Institute in Philadelphia.

Payton, 29, signed a three-year, $26.145 million contract with the Blazers in July. The deal came a few weeks after Payton helped the Golden State Warriors win the NBA championship.

Payton averaged 7.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 71 games (16 starts) while shooting 61.6 percent from the field as a key role player for the Warriors last season.

He is the son of Hall of Famer Gary Payton.

–Field Level Media