Veteran point guard Elfrid Payton has agreed to a one-year deal with the Phoenix Suns, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
While the New York Knicks overachieved by finishing fourth in the Eastern Conference, Payton struggled through one of the worst years of his career.
Through his first six years, the 2014 first-round pick had never finished with fewer than 6.2 assists per game. In 63 appearances this past season, he dished out just 3.2 assists per game as Julius Randle shouldered more of the playmaking burden and Derrick Rose's arrival ate into his playing time.
Payton continued to struggle as a shooter, too. He hit just 28.6 percent of his three-pointers, and a little more than 44.2 percent of his 622 overall attempts came inside the restricted area, per NBA.com.