Payton recorded 11 points (5-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt), six rebounds, six assists, and one block in 24 minutes during Friday's 149-129 victory over Sacramento. After delivering a triple-double in his Pelicans debut Wednesday, Payton was a little more subdued in Friday's blowout victory. He appears to have slotted in well and certainly looks better than last season. A key to Payton's fantasy value appears to be when he doesn't try to do too much. With the talent around him, he is never going to be a primary focus on the offensive end, however, he should be able to facilitate the offense and provide steady defense on a nightly basis. Many owners were able to get him at the back end of their drafts and at this stage, it appears it will have been a pick well spent.
Payton posted 10 points (5-13 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 0-2 FT), 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and one steal in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 131-112 win over the Rockets. Payton turned in a triple-double in his regular season debut for the Pelicans, pushing the pace and playing aggressively on both ends. It's safe to say he has more offensive weapons at his disposal this season than he had during previous stints in Orlando and Phoenix, and while Payton's shot is still shaky at best, it's possible this showing is a sign of things to come for the fifth-year point guard.
Payton totaled seven points (3-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt), seven assists, four rebounds and two blocks across 24 minutes in the Pelicans' 116-102 preseason loss to the Hawks on Monday. Payton was notably more efficient than during his Sunday debut, when he'd shot 20.0 percent from the field on his way to a four-point tally over 25 minutes. The fifth-year pro was involved across the stat sheet Monday while logging some solid floor time with the rest of what's expected to be New Orleans' first unit. The 2014 first-round pick could be in for a fantasy-friendly season, considering he'll share the court with talents such as Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle.
Payton agreed to a one-year deal with the Pelicans on Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Payton has shown a decent amount of promise in his first four NBA seasons, but he was never able to put together enough consistent offensive production in neither Orlando nor Phoenix for either team to keep him around. Payton did show how he can contribute across the box score last season, averaging 12.7 points, 6.2 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game, and he gives the Pelicans another quality option at point guard to pair with Jrue Holiday in the backcourt, especially if they don't manage to re-sign Rajon Rondo for some reason.
Payton will not be re-signed by the Suns, Scott Bordow of The Arizona Republic reports. Reports surfaced a few days earlier that the Suns would renounce their rights to Payton and allow him to become an unrestricted free agent, so the news that the club doesn't plan to re-sign him isn't surprising. The Suns shipped only a 2018 second-round pick back to Orlando in February in order to give Payton a trial as their starting point for the final month and a half of the season, but the 24-year-old didn't make much of an impression. In his 19 games with the Suns, Payton averaged just 11.8 points, 6.2 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 steal while shooting 43.5 percent from the field, 20 percent from three-point range and 68.5 percent from the charity stripe. His consistently poor shooting has driven down Payton's value and may force him to settle for a backup role regardless of where he lands this offseason.
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