Elfrid Payton Rumors

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Elfrid Payton
Elfrid Payton
Position: G
Born: 02/22/94
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:185 lbs. / 83.9 kg.
Salary: $8,000,000
Hence, it’s no guarantee the Knicks would exercise his option for 2020-21. Payton is a Creative Artists Agency client, and Knicks president Leon Rose previously ran the agency’s basketball department. “The thing I improved most since my rookie season, I think is my leadership,’’ Payton said. “I always had leadership qualities and wanted to lead by example. But as I’ve gotten older, I think I’m using my voice a lot more.’’
Payton said he has donated 10,000 masks to New Orleans medical facilities. “I just tried to help out by giving masks,’’ Payton said. “To the people that’s on the front lines and in the doctor’s office. It’s scary what this thing is doing to people around the world. For them to be there and risk their lives and take care of these people, I think it was important to reach out and help them. And the best way I thought to do that was the mask.”
Storyline: Coronavirus
Randle became less of a turnover machine in the final two months and became a little less clunky on the drive. Still, the on-court chemistry between Randle and Barrett, who is used to having the ball in his hands, bears major watching next season. For the most part, Barrett kept quiet about the Randle situation. “A lot of players felt like that with the exception of Elfrid Payton,’’ one NBA source told The Post.
After his teenage brother Dorian tragically died of heart disease, Dawkins tapped into his basketball network to pay for a memorial and an AAU team in Dorian’s memory. He says he quickly raised more than a hundred thousand dollars from some of the most important people in the sport. His network mattered. Before long, NBA agent Andy Miller noticed Dawkins and hired him. Fast forward a few years and Dawkins is at the NBA draft, barely legal to drink, sitting in the green room with Miller and Elfrid Payton’s family. Rodney Hood, Fred VanVleet … Dawkins was instrumental in directing their careers, in the belly of the basketball beast. “Everybody knew Andy was paying players,” Dawkins says in “The Scheme.” “Andy’s been paying players since I was born. It wasn’t, like, a secret.”
Friday, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the league sent a memo to teams to begin preparation to play in arenas without fans and only with essential personnel present. This was the latest, most drastic step. They have already sent instructions about which quotidian precautions to take, and players have tried to follow suit and follow along. Each, though, has their thoughts on how cautious they should be. Emmanuel Mudiay, a Jazz guard, has stopped shaking hands. Mike Conley walked through Utah’s locker in New York City Wednesday elbow bumping a teammate. Elfrid Payton is trying to fist pound more and wash his hands frequently.
Josh Robbins: In its Last 2-Minute Report, the NBA cited two errors that disadvantaged the Magic against the Knicks. First, the league said, the officiating crew failed to see/hear Steve Clifford attempting to call a timeout with 4.4 seconds left. Second, Elfrid Payton should have been called for a foul for extending his leg and making foot-to-foot contact with Evan Fournier with 4.0 seconds left, leading to a turnover by Fournier. … The report said there were no missed calls or non-calls that disadvantaged the Knicks.
Storyline: L2M Report

The Knicks wound up with Elfrid Payton, whose been out since the season’s fourth game versus Chicago after signing a two-year, $15 million pact. Rozier thought at one point he’d wind up a Knick. “It was probably one of my first options,’’ Rozier said. “I probably was going to make it happen. Other things happened and I ended up going to Charlotte. It was the interest they showed in me, that was big. The organization believed in me, why not.’’
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

Elfrid Payton Sr., a Louisiana native and former star defensive end in the Canadian Football League, believes Pelicans history would have changed had his son not gone down. Payton played just one game from Oct. 29, when he sprained his ankle, to Dec. 31. After returning from the ankle sprain on Nov. 16, he broke his middle finger in a game against the Knicks. “I honestly believe if Elfrid doesn’t get hurt and stays healthy, they were making the playoffs,’’ Payton Sr. told The Post in a phone interview from Gretna, La.