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Report: Magic trade Elfrid Payton to Phoenix

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Minutes before the trade deadline, Orlando sent the point guard to the Suns for a second round pick

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Orlando Magic Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Elfrid Payton’s days in Orlando are over.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Magic sent the point guard to the Phoenix Suns for a second-round pick.

The return is not great to say the least for Orlando, but the move shows that the Magic had no intention of matching any offer Payton may have received when he reached restricted free agency this summer. Better to get something rather than nothing, even if only a second-rounder.

The New York Post reported that the Knicks had shown interest in Payton. The asking price may have been too high...

Payton, 23, has been having a career-year on the offensive end. He currently has career-bests in points (13.0), field goal percentage (53.0 percent) and three-point percentage (37.3). But as a liability on the defensive end, and with his limited shooting range as a point guard, he has long been a target for Magic fans.

Shelvin Mack or D.J. Augustin will shift into a starting role for the Magic.

The Magic traded for Payton on Draft Day in 2014 after he was selected with the 10th pick by the Philadelphia 76ers...

In three-plus seasons with the Magic, Payton averaged 11.1 points, 6.4 assists and 4.2 rebounds.

More on this story coming soon from our Will Ogburn and Aaron Goldstone, who will be at Amway Arena tonight.