Gary Payton says Seattle deserves NBA team, wants to be an owner

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Former Seattle SuperSonics point guard Gary Payton wants to bring the NBA back to the Emerald City.

Payton, who was drafted No. 2 overall by the SuperSonics in 1990, told TMZ Sports that Seattle "deserves" an NBA team, and he'd be interested in becoming an owner.

"That's where I started my career, that's where I became a Hall of Famer," Payton said.