Marc Berman: Source confirms PG Elfrid Payton return to Phoenix is strong possibility. Payton has 17 career triple doubles. Meanwhile, Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina, Knicks teammates to start 2020-21, still unsigned. Smith won't be back in Detroit, per source.
Liz Mullen: Free agent PG Elfrid Payton has signed with @Wasserman NFL/NBA agent Chafie Fields. He was formerly repped by CAA.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Elfrid Payton has agreed to one-year, $5M deal with Knicks, agents Aaron Mintz and Ty Sullivan of @CAA_Basketball tell ESPN.
Steve Popper: Newsday has learned Knicks are waiving Elfrid Payton and Kenny Wooten and not picking up option on Bobby Portis. Also, no qualifying offer for Damyean Dotson, who is an unrestricted FA now. More decisions to come... The players who are waived today could be back - but on a lesser deal than what they were in line for.
A big factor in the Knick offseason is what the club chooses to do with Taj Gibson, Bobby Portis, Elfrid Payton, Wayne Ellington and Reggie Bullock. The Knicks have considered scenarios where they pick up the option for Payton and retain Bullock, per SNY sources.
The New York Knicks announced today that the team has signed five players: Wayne Ellington, Taj Gibson, Elfrid Payton, Bobby Portis and Julius Randle. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Wayne, Taj, Elfrid, Bobby and Julius to New York,” said Scott Perry, general manager, New York Knicks. “Collectively, we’re adding a mix of extremely talented and experienced multi-dimensional players who will improve our team as we continue building out a deep and versatile roster. These players are all tough-minded, motivated and ready to compete, and we’re excited to have them as part of the Knicks family.”
NBA free agency starts Sunday, and the New Orleans Pelicans have a ton of money to spend. They're talking to free agent point guard Elfrid Payton about returning to the team. He's a free agent and Payton said Saturday there is interest on both sides.
When asked about the possibility of playing in New Orleans again next year, here's what Payton said: "There's definitely a little interest on both sides, I've just still got to weigh my options. But, like I always say, man, I'm from Gretna, I'm from this city, so the Pels are always going to be a team I root for, so I'll always root for them."
Will Guillory: Pelicans officially announce the signings Julius Randle and Elfrid Payton pic.twitter.com/teCc80vlpW
Scott Kushner: Sources tell me Elfrid Payton’s one year deal with the Pelicans is worth more than the veteran minimum. Still don’t have an exact price, but it’s likely to fit under the bi-annual exception… Zach Lowe: It's $2.7M, per sources.
Scott Bordow: Breaking Suns news: NBA source says team will not re-sign guard Elfrid Payton or center Alex Len. Gives Suns $10 million to use in cap space
The Suns will be busy before July 1. Expect them to renounce their rights to center Alex Len and point guard Elfrid Payton, making them both free agents. Ayton’s addition has made Len expendable, and while Phoenix still needs point-guard help, Payton’s inconsistent play last season and, more importantly, his $10 million cap hold figure, likely means he’s played his last game in a Suns uniform. Letting Len and Payton walk will put Phoenix approximately $10 million under the cap.
I know the trade just happened, but when you look at the roster, the organization and the city, could you see yourself potentially staying in Phoenix long-term? Elfrid Payton: Yeah, I really could. Obviously, it’s not only up to me and I understand the business side of the NBA, but this is definitely somewhere I could see myself being for a long time.
September 17, 2021 | 3:51 pm EDT Update
After securing the arrival of Mario Hezonja, Russian team UNICS Kazan will announce soon the signing of former NBA guard OJ Mayo.
UNICS Kazan is adding one more marquee name to its roster with O.J.Mayo having a one-year deal with the Russian club. While there’s no signed contract yet, that seems to be more a formality delayed by bureaucratic reasons.
Chris Grenham: Former Hawks guard Brandon Goodwin tells me he worked out with Celtics this week. There is no training camp agreement between Boston and Goodwin yet, but there is interest from both sides. Goodwin played in 47 games with Atlanta last year, averaging 4.9 points and 2.0 assists.
Ramona Shelburne: For those who like fun real estate details. The Sterlings still own the Clippers current practice facility in Playa Vista. Ballmer said he has an option to buy it in 2024, but he’s not sure yet what he’ll do because their new complex in Inglewood is scheduled to open same year.
The Austin Spurs today announced that the team has named Petar Božić head coach, making him the eighth head coach in franchise history. In addition, David Pilipovich, Nick Saenz and Jesse Childs have been named assistant coaches on his staff, joining Kenny Trevino who enters his second season as an assistant.
September 17, 2021 | 2:45 pm EDT Update
What’s the message the veterans are giving you about the last two years? Rick Carlisle: They were disappointed with how things have gone. We’ve got to work at developing a style of play so we can maximize what we have here. Exactly what that means as far as number of wins or the playoffs, I don’t know. I’m reluctant to get into that kind of stuff, because sometimes you can set goals that are too low.
How have you evolved as a coach since you were here before? Rick Carlisle: Going from Detroit to here, they were different types of teams, and going to Dallas—the Dallas team was way different than any team I had coached before. It was much more of an outside-shooting team … so it was an amazing experience and education how to work with that kind of group. And then the game has changed an awful lot in the last 13 years, particularly in the last five. Because of the pace, the skill level, the 3-point shot, everything. In two years there, we set offensive records on points per possessions, and then this last year Brooklyn beat both. These records are going to keep falling because of the skill level.