Reports: Knicks sign Wayne Ellington, Elfrid Payton to 2-year deals

Sam Cooper

The new-look New York Knicks have added a shooter and point guard to their roster.

According to ESPN, 10-year veteran Wayne Ellington is headed to New York on a two-year deal worth $16 million. Ellington spent last season with the Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons, averaging 10.3 points per game on 40.3 percent shooting, including a 37.1 percent mark from long distance.

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Later Monday, The Athletic reported that point guard Elfrid Payton had also agreed to join the Knicks. The deal for Payton, a five-year veteran, is reportedly worth up to $16 million over two years. Payton, a 2014 first-round pick of the Orlando Magic, spent the 2018-19 season with the New Orleans Pelicans. He averaged 10.6 points, 7.6 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game in 42 games.

Knicks stacking up veterans after whiffing on Durant

While the Knicks struck out on Kevin Durant and other top-tier free agents, the team is headed toward the world of competitiveness by reportedly bringing in Ellington, Payton, Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, Taj Gibson and Reggie Bullock.

Randle was the pricest signing of the bunch, agreeing to a three-year deal worth $63 million. Randle, 24, averaged 21.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game last year for the New Orleans Pelicans. Gibson, a 34-year-old who signed for $20 million over two seasons, averaged 10.8 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Veteran guard Wayne Ellington is reportedly heading to the New York Knicks.
Veteran guard Wayne Ellington is reportedly heading to the New York Knicks. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Portis, also 24, is headed to New York for $31 million over two seasons. The versatile forward averaged 14.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, splitting time between the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. Portis was traded to the Wizards at the trade deadline.

Bullock, another veteran, reportedly agreed to a two-year, $21 million deal. The 6-foot-7 Bullock split time between the Pistons and Los Angeles Lakers last season, averaging 11.3 points per game while shooting 37.7 percent from three.

These free-agent agreements will add to the Knicks’ young core of guard Dennis Smith Jr., big man Mitchell Robinson and No. 2 overall pick R.J. Barrett. These deals are also team-friendly, providing salary-cap flexibility for the Knicks moving forward.

After the Ellington deal, the Knicks have $11 million remaining in cap space, according to ESPN.

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