Gary Payton Loves Rings

In a move that should surprise no one, Gary Payton wants to join the Boston Celtics, according to The Boston Globe’s Marc J. Spears. A perfect fit for a team with non-existent bench production.

I’m all for these moves. In fact, I’ve never understood why more players haven’t done the same. Once you reach a certain level of financial stability–say, tens of millions of dollars–why not sacrifice a little dinero and play the odds every year. If I were an NBA player over the age of 35 or so, every season I would sign a 1-year contract with the team I felt had the best chance at winning the championship, even if that meant a salary reduction. Why not? I’m all for team loyalty, but if championships were elusive throughout the prime of your career, as they are for most players, why not do a little gold-digging?

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