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Guard looks forward to up-tempo offense

Updated: July 15, 2004, 12:29 AM ET
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Gary Payton has decided against pushing for a buyout or trade in the wake of the Shaquille O'Neal deal and intends to return to the Los Angeles Lakers next season, the guard told ESPN Radio on Wednesday.

"I had a big pow-wow with my agents and my attorneys and everybody today," Payton said in Wednesday's interview. "You guys know I came out here to play with Shaq ... and now he's [been] traded. It was a big question in my mind, should I stay here? But, you know, I think I made a commitment. ...

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