Orlando Will Send Elfrid Payton To Phoenix For A Second-Round Pick

Magic trade Elfrid Payton to Suns for second-round pick

Magic trade Elfrid Payton to Suns for second-round pick

Payton, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, was originally selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 10th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

However, according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, the pick being sent is actually the second-most favorable pick among Charlotte's 2018 second-rounder, Memphis' 2018 second-rounder and Miami's 2018 second-rounder. Payton becomes a restricted free agent this summer, and if the Suns intend to keep him, they will need to make an offer or match competing offers in free agency.

By the numbers, Payton was having his best season with the Magic this year, averaging 13.0 points and 6.3 assists per game while shooting 52 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from behind the arc.

He now owns career averages of 11.1 points, 6.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals through 29.5 minutes per game.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report the deal.

The Suns have been searching for a point guard, and a second-round pick is well worth a post trade deadline flyer. We should expect the Suns to provide Payton with the chance to start over Tyler Ulis, with Devin Booker at the two-guard spot.

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