Re-sign curtsey from PG Payton, add Noel
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Two days after joining a group of six players sacked by the New York Knicks, the team agreed to reap start starting point guardian Elfrid Payton for a year on a $ 5 million contract for the next season undertake, several branches reported on Saturday.
The Knicks also agreed on a $ 5 million one-year deal with the Nerlens Noel center, according to multiple reports.
It took the 6-foot-3 Payton just 48 hours to get his job back. Since the NBA's free agency expired on Friday, several other point guards have agreed to agreements – including Fred VanVleet, who is with the Toronto Raptors and D.J. Augustin on the way to the Milwaukee Bucks.
After the 26-year-old Payton signed with New York in July 2019, he played 45 games (36 starts) with an average of 10.0 points, 7.2 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.56 steals over 27.7 minutes.
The Knicks are Payton's fifth NBA organization since its draft by the Philadelphia 76ers with a 10th overall win in 2014. The 76ers sent Payton to Orlando in a draft day trade that summer, where he played more than three seasons before he was transferred to Phoenix in the 2017-18 season.
In Payton's six NBA seasons, he averaged 11.0 points, 6.6 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game in 387 career competitions (331 starts).
The well-traveled Noel has spent the last two seasons with Oklahoma City and averaged 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds in 61 games (seven starts) for the Thunder last season. The Knicks are the 26-year-old's fourth team since they were drafted into 6th place overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013. His 2.9 blocks per 36 minutes took 10th place in the NBA last season.
The Knicks will be rebuilt under the new team president Leon Rose and the new coach Tom Thibodeau. New York ended the 2019-20 season with a 21-45 record and had no profit mark since the 2012-13 season.
– Field level media
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