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Phoenix Suns add Elfrid Payton on one-year deal

May 16, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton (6) dribbles during the second half against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
May 16, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton (6) dribbles during the second half against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns are adding some backcourt depth, agreeing to terms with veteran point guard Elfrid Payton on a one-year deal, The Athletic reported Tuesday.

Payton, 27, started 99 of 108 games over the last two seasons with the New York Knicks, averaging 10.1 points and 4.9 assists.

The Suns previously acquired Payton at the trade deadline in 2018. He played in 19 games for Phoenix, then left for the New Orleans Pelicans in the offseason.

In his return, he’ll back up Chris Paul and Cameron Payne at the point guard spot as the Suns look to build on a surprising run to the NBA Finals.

Payton was drafted 10th overall by the Orlando Magic in 2014 and has averaged 10.9 points, 6.2 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 450 career games (394 starts) with the Magic (2014-18), Suns, Pelicans (2018-19) and Knicks (2019-21).

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