Free agent center Nerlens Noel and point guard Elfrid Payton have agreed to a one-year, $ 5 million deal with the New York Knicks, their agents told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Noel, who is represented by Rich Paul and Lucas Newton of Klutch Sports, has jumped in the league since the Sixers took him sixth in the 2013 NBA draft. He was traded midway through his third season in Philadelphia, spent a season and a half with the Mavericks and then signed a free agent contract with the Thunder in July 2018.
The 26-year-old appeared in 61 games (seven starts) for OKC in the short 2019-20 season, averaging 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds in 18.5 minutes.
He’s still one of the best shot blockers in the game; his 2.9 strokes per 36 minutes last season ranked sixth in the league.
Payton, who is represented by CAA’s Aaron Mintz and Ty Sullivan, returns to the Knicks after averaging 10.0 points and 7.2 assists per game for them last season.
A six-year veteran, Payton, 26, began his career with the Orlando Magic, who made him the 10th overall pick in the 2014 draft.
He has also played for the Phoenix Suns and the New Orleans Pelicans.