According to a report, Hall of Famer Gary Payton is looking for an assistant coaching gig in the NBA and is a candidate for jobs on the staffs of a pair of new coaches.
Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd is said to be interested in adding Payton, a fellow Bay Area, California, native, to his staff and there are also reports linking Payton to the staff to be assembled by new Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott.
Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times reported the rumor via Twitter:
Gary Payton, a candidate for Bucks coaching staff, is also a candidate for Lakers staff under likely new head coach Byron Scott.
— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) July 24, 2014
Payton, currently a commentator for Fox Sports 1, played 17 seasons in the NBA and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013, his first year of eligibility.
He was a member of the Bucks, however briefly, in 2003, part of a terrible trade by then-general manager Ernie Grunfeld. The Bucks swapped All-Star Ray Allen along with Ronald Murray, Kevin Ollie and a first-round pick in 2003 to the Seattle SuperSonics to get Payton and Desmond Mason.
Payton played only 28 regular-season games for the Bucks, as well as all six games of their first-round playoff loss to Kidd’s New Jersey Nets.
Mason played parts of three seasons in Milwaukee before he was traded to the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets in October 2006. He did return for another year with the Bucks as a free agent in 2007-08 before he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in August 2008.
Allen, meanwhile, was an All-Star in each of his four full seasons in Seattle and later went on to help the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat to championships.
Payton, nicknamed “The Glove” for his defensive prowess, has no formal coaching experience, but has mentored NBA players in retirement, most notably Toronto Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan.
He has also been heavily involved with Seattle’s effort to bring the NBA back to the city after the Sonics left for Oklahoma City in 2008.
Payton would be a quality addition to the Bucks’ coaching staff, given how poorly the Bucks defended last season.