2021 Free Agency

Elfrid Payton signs deal with Suns

Eighth-year veteran point guard returns to the desert for second tour with Suns after two years in New York.

Coming off their surprise run to the 2021 NBA Finals, the Phoenix Suns have reportedly made a depth play for their backcourt, adding Elfrid Payton on a one-year deal per Shams Charania of The Athletic. The Suns officially announced their reunion with Payton on Aug. 10.

The veteran point guard once ripped off five straight triple-doubles playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. Payton most recently served as a starter during the Knicks’ rebuild, averaging 10.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 25.3 minutes per game across two seasons in New York.

This is not Payton’s first run in Phoenix, as the Suns acquired him at the trade deadline of the 2017-18 season. He played 19 games for the Suns, posting 11.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 6.2 apg as the starting point guard. That offseason, he signed a one-year deal with the Pelicans before heading to the Knicks from 2019-21.