Elfrid Payton Rumors

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Elfrid Payton
Elfrid Payton
Position: G
Born: 02/22/94
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Salary: $8,000,000
Knicks coach David Fizdale was giving himself one more game before deciding on his starting point guard for opening night, Wednesday in San Antonio. With none of the three overachieving, Fizdale said after Friday’s 117-116 loss to the Pelicans in the preseason finale that he’s still undecided. According to a New Orleans source, Elfrid Payton was all but promised he would be the starter when he agreed on a two-year, $16 million deal with the Knicks on July 1. The second year is a team option.
In July, Payton told Hoopshype the chance to play substantially was a strong factor in choosing the Knicks over several other options. “Playing time was a factor and it depended on the deal,’’ Payton said. “I obviously don’t mind playing on a one-year deal — I did it last year and I feel like I did just fine — but when you’re in a situation where you’re on a one-year deal, you have to be able to play to showcase what you can do. If you’re on a one-year deal and you don’t play, then your hands are kind of tied, you feel me?”
But even with Dennis Smith Jr. taking the floor for his first game action Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, Frank Ntilikina expected back from a day off of practice with a sore groin and newcomer Elfrid Payton, Fizdale threw in the possibility of a wild card taking the job this season. Asked about the possibility of putting the ball in the hands of his 6-7 rookie, RJ Barrett, Fizdale was happy to add him to the mix.
Ntilikina should get minutes on Monday. He’s said that he’s feeling healthy and confident after his strong play for the French National Team in the FIBA World Cup last month. And he’s gotten praise from Fizdale and others for his play in camp. “I thought (Payton) and Frank both did an excellent job of organizing us (in Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage), pushing the pace, defending, making plays for other people. They both did a really good job of that,” Fizdale said.
Mike Vorkunov: Official heights/weights for Knicks are in, after NBA’s rule change. Kevin Knox went from 6-9 to 6-8 Mitchell Robinson went from 7-1 to 7-foot Frank Ntilikina dropped from 6-6 to 6-5 Taj Gibson jumped from 6-9 to 6-10 Dennis Smith Jr. is 10lbs lighter Elfrid Payton gained 10 lbs