Did you enjoy watching the 2019-20 New York Knicks run offense? Probably not, am I right? Then you probably won’t be overly thrilled that the Knicks have decided to bring back point guard Elfrid Payton on a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Elfrid Payton has agreed to one-year, $5M deal with Knicks, agents Aaron Mintz and Ty Sullivan of @CAA_Basketball tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020
Hold on a second while I try to talk myself into this. Elf can generally run an offense, and the free agent market for point guards is pretty barren at the moment. He already knows his way to MSG, so he won’t get lost, I suppose. They signed him for $5 million instead of picking up his player option for $8 million, so they saved some money.
Meh, this still sucks as far as I’m concerned. I considered Elf to be the most annoying player on the 2019-20 Knicks — yes, even more annoying than Randle. He is an abominable three-point shooter (20.3 % last season), a lazy defender (especially in transition), and he would practically rip the ball out of RJ Barrett’s hands to feed Randle again and again.
Knowing Payton, he’ll put up just enough numbers to hold the starting point guard position for New York throughout the entire 2020-21 season. Oh well, maybe Jared Harper can supplant him.