Payton and the Knicks have agreed to a two-year, $16 million contract, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Payton becomes the fifth veteran to sign a two-year deal with the Knicks, who are apparently intent on putting a better product on the court this season. Payton is an interesting fit after stops with Orlando, Phoenix and New Orleans, but it's unclear how he'll fit with Dennis Smith, Jr. and No. 3 overall pick RJ Barrett.
Payton tallied 26 points (10-19 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 14 assists, six rebounds, three blocks and one steal across 39 minutes in the Pelicans' 133-129 win over the Kings on Sunday.
Payton saw a nice boost in usage with both Anthony Davis (back) and Julius Randle (rest) out of action Sunday. The veteran point guard was outstanding in the crucial closing stretch of the game, scoring 12 of his 25 points over the final 3:30 of the contest. Payton now has back-to-back double-doubles following a 1-for-8 clunker against the Hornets last Wednesday.
Payton contributed 14 points (6-14 FG, 2-3 3Pt), 12 assists, five rebounds and two steals across 43 minutes in the Pelicans' 133-126 overtime loss to the Suns on Friday.
It was a typically full stat line for the veteran, who continues to deliver strong production as the season winds down. Friday's performance was also a welcome resurgence for Payton, who'd turned in a 1-for-8 clunker from the field against the Hornets on Wednesday. Unless coach Alvin Gentry opts to go a different direction in the last two games, Payton should log a solid amount of minutes in that pair of remaining contests.
Payton ended with 16 points (7-14 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine assists, four rebounds, and one block in 36 minutes during Thursday's 121-118 victory over the Kings.
Payton continues to struggle with an ongoing wrist injury but played through it to finish with 16 points and nine assists in Thursday's victory. Given his disrupted season, the Pelicans likely want to see how Payton fits next to some of their younger players. As long as he is on the court, Payton will provide both assists and rebounds as well as a smattering of points. There is a decent chance he is listed as questionable heading into their next game and owners will simply have to hope he continues to battle through.
Payton (wrist) will play Thursday against the Kings.
Payton was initially deemed probable, so the final call doesn't come as a surprise. With Frank Jackson (concussion) out, Payton will be joined in the backcourt by Ian Clark.
Payton is probable for Thursday's matchup against the Kings due to a right wrist contusion.
Payton played through the injury during Tuesday's loss to the Hawks, totaling 11 points over 25 minutes of action. It's probably just a precautionary action by the Pelicans to included their point guard on the injury report for Thursday but, because New Orleans is out of playoff contention, the team may elect to rest Payton. If that happens, Ian Clark will presumably start in his absence.
Payton totaled 11 points (5-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt), nine assists, six rebounds and two steals over 25 minutes in the Pelicans' loss to the Hawks on Tuesday.
After five straight triple-doubles, Payton put up two duds in his last two contests. His solid stat line on Tuesday may be a sign that he's busted out of his recent slump.
Payton (wrist) will get the start at point guard for Tuesday's stilt against the Hawks, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Payton was upgraded to probable earlier in the day, so no surprise here. His production has dipped recently, but that is to be expected after a five-game stretch of triple-doubles, but he figures to be in a nice spot against the Hawks.
Payton (wrist) is now listed as probable for Tuesday's game against the Hawks.
Payton's spot on the injury report for Tuesdays game appears to have just been precautionary, as it the point guard is now on track to suit up against the Hawks. Payton's production has dipped since the five-game stretch of triple-doubles, but he should still get plenty of usage as the starting point guard on a banged up Pelicans team.
Payton (wrist) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Hawks.
Payton is yet to miss any time, but he's still plagued by a bruise on his right wrist, so the Pelicans will keep an eye on him as Tuesday's game approaches. Payton strung together five straight triple-doubles between Mar. 10 and Mar. 18, but his production has fallen off over the last two contests. Most recently, Payton tallied four points, four rebounds, eight assists and five turnovers in Sunday's loss to Houston.
Payton managed seven points (3-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt), three rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 24 minutes during Wednesday's 119-96 loss to the Magic.
Payton's streak of five straight triple-doubles came to an end in this one, as the Pelicans trailed by 22 at halftime and 31 at the end of the third quarter. Given that the score was so lopsided, Payton was unsurprisingly rested down the stretch. He'll now have three full days off prior to Sunday's matchup with the Rockets.
Payton accumulated 19 points (5-12 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 11 assists, 10 rebounds, and one steal in 37 minutes during Monday's 129-125 overtime win against the Mavericks.
Payton amassed his fifth straight triple-double and sixth of the season, breaking his previous career high (five in 2016-17). With the Pelicans playing it safe with Jrue Holiday (abdomen), Payton continues to operate as the team's top distributor, plus he has been providing strong scoring and rebounding numbers as well. Payton is likely to stay aggressive during Wednesday's matchup against the organization that drafted him (Orlando).
Payton finished with 16 points (5-12 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 16 assists, 13 rebounds and a steal over 37 minutes in the Pelicans' loss to the Suns on Saturday.
Payton produced his fourth consecutive triple-double, handing out a career-high 16 assists for the second straight game. In those four games, he's averaged 14.8 points, 13.3 assists and 12.5 rebounds. Payton should continue to put up solid numbers with Jrue Holiday (abdominal) out for at least a few more games.
Payton produced 14 points (4-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 16 assists, 12 rebounds, and one steal in 41 minutes during Friday's 122-110 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Payton handed out a career high assist total while supplying his third straight triple-double (and fourth through 31 appearances this season). Given that the Pelicans don't seem to be in any rush to bring Jrue Holiday (abdomen) back, Payton is likely to continue earning heavy minutes while owning a high usage rate, which is a promising recipe for plenty of counting stats heading into Saturday's matchup with a Suns team that acquired him last season but let him walk in free agency this past summer.
Payton provided 14 points (6-15 FG, 2-7 3Pt), 15 rebounds, 11 assists, one steal, and one block in 34 minutes during Tuesday's 130-113 loss to the Bucks.
Payton hauled in a career high rebounding total while producing his second straight triple-double (and third through 30 appearances this season). The Pelicans are likely to provide an update on the status of Jrue Holiday (abdomen) later in the week, so those considering Payton in daily leagues may want to keep tabs on his backcourt mate heading into the upcoming back-to-back set against the Trail Blazers (Friday) and Suns (Saturday). Still, the potential presence of Holiday probably shouldn't be viewed as a huge deterrent in Payton's quest to fill the box score, especially if the 25-year-old point guard continues to earn such heavy minutes.
Payton pitched in 15 points (6-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, and one block in 31 minutes during Sunday's 128-116 loss to the Hawks.
Payton produced his second triple-double through 29 appearances this season. He's now averaging a career-high 6.6 assists per game, and Payton is likely to continue being relied upon heavily with Jrue Holiday (abdomen) slated to miss at least another tilt or two.
Payton tallied eight points (3-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 10 assists, and seven rebounds in 32 minutes during Saturday's 120-112 victory over Denver.
Payton handed out double-digit assists for the second straight game, helping the Pelicans to consecutive victories. Scoring is never going to be a strong aspect to Payton's fantasy game but over the past five games, he is averaging 10.4 assists and 6.6 rebounds. He is not a must-roster player in 12-team leagues but certainly provides value if you are looking for assists and out-of-position rebounds.
Payton pitched in eight points (4-11 FG), 10 assists, six rebounds, and three steals in 34 minutes during Friday's 130-116 win over the Suns.
Payton earned a team high minute total and contributed another extremely well-rounded stat line. He has accumulated 42 assists (versus 14 turnovers) across the last four games while earning at least 30 minutes in each contest during this recent stretch. The only blemish has been his field goal percentage, as he has made less than 40 percent of his shots in three of the last four games.
Payton compiled six points (3-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt), 11 rebounds, nine assists, and one block in 31 minutes during Wednesday's 125-119 loss to the Lakers.
Payton struggled from the field Wednesday, hitting just 3-of-12 from the field, ending with six points. He was able to salvage the line with 11 rebounds and nine assists, demonstrating his upside as an elite rebounding guard. Tim Frazier was waived by the Pelicans late Wednesday, almost ensuring Payton is going to receive solid minutes moving forward.
Payton tallied 10 points (5-13 FG, 0-4 3Pt), 14 assists, four rebounds, and one steal in 30 minutes during Monday's 111-110 loss to Philadelphia.
Payton handed out a season-high 14 assists Monday, finishing with just his second double-double of the season. As long as he can remain healthy, Payton shouldn't be impacted by the current Anthony Davis situation. He has the ability to contribute in a number of areas on any given night, with consistency being the major hurdle going forward.
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