Now, the Knicks can try making the same case.
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
Bobby Marks of ESPN:
Presumably, Payton will also have a team option for next season. The Knicks maintain plenty of flexibility.
They just lack good players.
New York will likely stink again next season.
Payton will join Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina as young point guards who are falling behind the curve of desired development as they age. It’s not too late for any of them, but the progress so far hasn’t been encouraging.
The 25-year-old Payton has already fallen out of favor with the Magic, Suns and Pelicans. He has skills as a driver, distributor and rebounder (triple-doubles!). But he’s a minus as a 3-point shooter and defender, making him a tough fit on both ends.
He should be happy with this payday, even if it includes a likely-to-be declined team option.
As for the Knicks… nobody tell them how it went in New Orleans.