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Magic Trade Elfrid Payton To Suns For Second Round Pick

The Suns pulled off a strange trade at the deadline by acquiring Magic point guard Elfrid Payton in exchange for a second round pick. The fourth year guard is averaging 13 points, 6.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game this season, but the Suns already have a guard heavy roster (yes, we know they’re all injured). It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.


  1. Nathan

    February 8, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    All the suns point guards are injured…

  2. Blayne

    February 8, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Guard heavy?! You’re joking, right?! I think you’re not quite caught up on the Suns roster. Suns have zero reliable PG’s, an injured Brandon Knight that saw his playing time vanish last year and Booker at the 2. This is a surprising trade, in that the Suns only traded Troy Daniels, but a great one for the Suns. Suns had been rumored to be looking at upgrading the position for some time and were possibly looking to strengthen the position through the draft and now they can potentially focus that energy in finding a center I’m the draft to the effect of Bagley/Ayton or Bamba.

    2018-19 (I’m not seeing a “guard heavy” team)
    PG – Payton
    SG – Booker
    SF – J. Jackson
    PF – Chriss
    C – Bagley/Ayton/Bamba
    6th man – Warren
    Bender – PF
    Len – C
    Chandler – C
    Knight – PG
    Dudley – SF
    Williams – PF/C
    Ulis – PG

    • John

      February 8, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      PG-A Payton PG B Knight PG T Ulis
      SG-D Booker SG T Daniels SG D Reed
      SF-T Warren SF J Jackson
      PF-D Bender PF M Chriss
      C-D Ayton/M Bamba C A Williams

      No way Jackson starts over Warren.

      • Kyall Walker

        February 8, 2018 at 4:10 pm

        I like this. TJ would make a great 6th man but Jackson won’t be ready to start over him next year. Hopefully with growth they swap roles in 19-20.

        • Blayne

          February 8, 2018 at 8:34 pm

          TJ is a really good player and can score, no question. Jackson brings intensity, an edge, plays D and can shoot the 3 and should only get better. Warren would be a perfect sixth man with his scoring but somebody in the starting 5 needs to be able to play D… Enter Jackson and hopefully one of the three agile bigs at the top of the draft. No knock at all on Warren but I think he would shine more for the team as a sixth man. Warren could still get 30+ minutes in that role while coming in for any one of the 1-3 spots to play the 2 or 3 if Booker slid to the point while giving whoever our starting PG is next year a breather.

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