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Phoenix Suns trade for Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton

Phoenix Suns trade for Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton
Posted at 1:05 PM, Feb 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-08 22:14:11-05

The Phoenix Suns acquired Orlando Magic point guard Elfrid Payton Friday afternoon in exchange for a second-round NBA Draft pick, the day of the NBA trade deadline for the 2017-18 season.

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Payton was the 10th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. He has averaged 13 points and 6.3 assists in 44 games for the Magic this season. Only 13 players have averaged more assists per game than Payton has this season.

“We are excited to add a player of Elfrid’s caliber to our young core,” said Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough. “Elfrid is an athletic point guard who has good size, length and a feel for the game. We think he’ll be a great fit with our team and we look forward to seeing him in a Suns uniform.”

The Suns sent a 2018 second-round draft pick to the Magic in exchange for Payton, who is set to become a restricted free agent after the 2017-18 season. According to, Payton will make just over $3.3 million this season.

Payton will wear uniform number 2 for the Suns.