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Report: Suns sign Elfrid Payton to be third point guard

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 26: Elfrid Payton #6 of the New York Knicks looks to shoots a free throw against the Atlanta Hawks during Round 1, Game 2 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on May 26, 2021 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Chris Paul is the starting point guard in Phoenix and the team is paying him handsomely to play that role.

Cameron Payne is the backup point guard in Phoenix and the team is paying him handsomely to play that role.

Behind those two will be veteran point guard Elfrid Payton, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.

This is for the veteran minimum.

Payton averaged 10.1 points a game last season for the point guard starved Knicks, but the fact he couldn’t hold down that role on a team desperate for anyone to step up at the position says everything you need to know.

That said, being asked to play a limited role off the bench and help keep CP3’s minutes in check, are things Payt0n can do. This is a good signing by the Suns.