Payton agrees to one-year contract to join Pelicans

Elfrid Payton has signed a one-year contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The New Orleans Pelicans and guard Elfrid Payton have agreed on a one-year contract, according to a report.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports the deal is for one-year and allows Payton, a Louisiana native, to return home.

Payton, who attended University of Louisiana at Lafayette, split last season between Orlando and Phoenix.

In 44 games with the Magic and 19 for the Suns, the 24-year-old Payton averaged 12.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.3 steals in 63 games (all starts), shooting 49.3 percent from the field and 32.6 percent from the 3-point line.

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Payton was the 10th overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2014 NBA draft. He was trades on draft night to Orlando in exchange for Dario Saric, a 2015 second-round draft pick (which was used on Willy Hernangomez) and a 2017 first-round draft pick (which became De’Aaron Fox).

The Magic sent the four-year veteran to Phoenix on Feb. 8 for a 2018 second-round draft pick, which Orlando used to select Jarred Vanderbilt.


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