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Knicks guard Elfrid Payton’s father thinks there could have been conflict with Lonzo Ball had he stayed with Pelicans

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Elfrid Payton Sr., the father of New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton, believes that a conflict will arise with his son and Lonzo Ball if the former stayed with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Per Marc Berman of the New York Post, Payton Sr. shared that the Pelicans were interested in keeping his son. However, apart from money issues, he believes that there was going to be an impending conflict with Lonzo Ball — whom the Pelicans acquired from the Anthony Davis trade.

“I think there was interest [from New Orleans],’’ said Payton Sr., who played with seven CFL teams and was elected to the league’s Hall of Fame. “I’m assuming [money] was an issue. But what hurt Elfrid more than anything was the trade. If they don’t trade AD, he’d be here. There was going to be a conflict [with Ball].’’

Though Payton Sr. didn’t specify what type of conflict, it can be assumed that he’s referring his son and Ball’s similar playstyle. After all, both are tagged as playmaking guards. Payton Jr. who’s entering his sixth year in the NBA is averaging 11.1 points and 6.6 assists. He’s already a certified starting guard in the league.

Ball, meanwhile, continues to impress everyone with his playmaking abilities. In two years in the league, he’s putting up 10.0 points per game, 6.4 assists, and 6.2 rebounds.