Knicks announce signings of Elfrid Payton, Miles Powell, and Theo Pinson


The New York Knicks announced Sunday that they have re-signed point guard Elfrid Payton, signed swingman Theo Pinson to a two-way contract, and signed rookie guard Myles Powell.

The team did not release the terms of any of the deals, outside of Pinson’s two-way designation.

Payton and Pinson had been with the team at the end of last year before being let go last Thursday before the official start of free agency, while Seton Hall product Powell was added as an undrafted rookie free agent.

From the Knicks’ official releases:

Payton, 6-4, 195-pounds, averaged 10.0 points, 7.2 assists and 4.7 rebounds over 27.7 minutes in 45 games (36 starts) for New York last season. The Gretna, LA native was originally signed on July 8, 2019 and then waived on November 19, 2020. He holds career averages of 11.0 points, 6.6 assists and 4.4 rebounds over 29.3 minutes in 387 games (331 starts) over six seasons with Orlando, Phoenix, New Orleans and New York. He was originally selected by Philadelphia 10th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft out of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Pinson, 6-5, 212-pounds, was claimed off waivers from Brooklyn on June 26 and participated in OTAs with New York in September before the team declined his option on November 19. He appeared in 51 games over two seasons with Brooklyn averaging 3.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists over 11.3 minutes last season. In 2019-20, he also appeared in nine games (all starts) for the Long Island Nets (G League), averaging 15.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists over 31.8 minutes. In 43 career games with Long Island, he holds career averages of 19.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.9 assists over 34.8 minutes in 43 games (all starts). The Greensboro, NC-native was originally signed by Brooklyn to a two-way contract on Sep. 19, 2018 after going undrafted out of the University of North Carolina in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Powell, 6-2, 195-pounds, played four seasons at Seton Hall University, averaging 17.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists over 30.8 minutes in 129 games (97 starts). As a senior, he averaged 21.0 points (17th in the NCAA) and 4.3 rebounds over 28 games (all starts). In both his junior and senior seasons, he averaged over 20 points per game, including a career best 23.1 points in 2018-19, which was good for 13th in the nation and second in the Big East.  He set single-season school records that season for most total points in the Big East era (784) and most three pointers (107). The Trenton, NJ-native was the recipient of numerous awards throughout his standout collegiate career. This included: 2019-20 All-American First-Team, 2019-20 Associated Press All-America First Team, two All-Big East First-Team selections, 2019-20 Big East Player of the Year, the 2019-20 Jerry West Award (for best shooting guard), and the Haggerty Award, which he received twice. He finished his career at Seton Hall ranked third on the school’s all-time scoring list.

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