Reports: Knicks add Ellington, Payton to backcourt

NBA.com Global on Jul 02, 2019 07:10 AM
Reports: Knicks add Ellington, Payton to backcourt
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 7: Elfrid Payton #4 of the New Orleans Pelicans goes to the basket against the Memphis Grizzlies on January 7, 2019 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)

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New York continues to be active in free agency by adding young players, with Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) reported moves being no different.

First, the Knicks are apparently addressing a key need from last season, 3-point shooting. Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks have agreed to a two-year deal with former marksman Wayne Ellington, who played for the Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons last season.

The Knicks ranked 24th in 3-pointers made last season, were 28th in 3-point percentage and were 21st in the percentage of shots they took from 3-point range. Ellington averaged a career-best 12 points per game last season and shot 37.3 percent on 3-pointers. He has never shot worse than 32.4 percent in any of his 10 NBA seasons.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Free agent Wayne Ellington has agreed to a two-year, $16M deal with the New York Knicks, agent Mark Bartelstein of <a href="https://twitter.com/PrioritySports?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PrioritySports</a> tells ESPN.</p>&mdash; Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) <a href="https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1145703248898220033?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 1, 2019</a></blockquote>
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Then, per Shams Charania of The Athletic, point guard Elfrid Payton has agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with New York. The news was also reported by Ian Begley of SNY.tv.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Free agent guard Elfrid Payton has agreed to a two-year, $16M deal with the New York Knicks, agents Ty Sullivan and Aaron Mintz of CAA Sports tell <a href="https://twitter.com/TheAthleticNBA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TheAthleticNBA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Stadium?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Stadium</a>.</p>&mdash; Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) <a href="https://twitter.com/ShamsCharania/status/1145749263160401923?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 1, 2019</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Elfrid Payton has agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with the Knicks, his agent, CAA&#39;s Ty Sullivan, confirms to SNY. Knicks also had significant interest in George Hill, who went to the Bucks. The Atheltic first reported Payton&#39;s agreement.</p>&mdash; Ian Begley (@IanBegley) <a href="https://twitter.com/IanBegley/status/1145750528502181888?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 1, 2019</a></blockquote>
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A day earlier, the Knicks came to reported agreements with Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, RTaj Gibson and Reggie Bullock.

Payton played last season with the New Orleans Pelicans and started off well before a thumb injury forced him to miss a stretch of 31 out of 32 games. His top individual highlight occurred in March, when he set a Pelicans record by logging five consecutive triple-doubles.

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