NBA Trade Grades: Suns snag Elfrid Payton from Magic


The Orlando Magic traded former University of Louisiana point guard Elfrid Payton to the Phoenix Suns on Thursday for a future second-round pick. The Suns have been on the hunt for a point guard to start alongside Devin Booker, and with Payton, they have found one at least for the moment. Only 13 players have averaged more assists per game than Payton has this season. In exchange for Payton's services, the Suns are sending the Magic the Memphis' Grizzlies 2018 second-round draft pick.

In 19 games, Canaan averaged 9.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in 22 minutes a night.

The Suns traded Eric Bledsoe to Milwaukee midseason and virtually only had Tyler Ulis as a point guard on the roster.

Canaan underwent surgery February 1 to fix the ankle he injured the previous day in a game against the Dallas Mavericks. The 23-year-old has made a major improvement in his 3-point shooting, reaching a 37.3 percent clip this season in limited attempts - an acumen that will prove helpful playing alongside this young Suns core.

With Payton scheduled to be a free agent next season, the Magic didn't want to lose him for nothing.