Elfrid Payton is an American professional basketball player that represents the New Orleans Pelicans in the National Basketball Association. He was drafted 10th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers but was traded on draft day itself to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Dario Saric, a future first round pick and a future second round pick.
After three full seasons with the Magic, Payton was traded before the mid-season trade deadline of the 2017-18 to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for a 2018 second round pick.
He balled out in the second half of the season with the Suns but no contract was signed by the team to keep him with the franchise. Instead in the 2018 summer, Payton, as a free agent, signed with the New Orleans Pelicans on a 1-year $2.7 million deal replacing the huge shoes of Rajon Rondo from last season. Despite all the question marks over his signing, Payton played a huge role in the team's win in the 2018-19 season opener against the Houston Rockets with a minimalist triple-double of 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, the first of it's kind since Kyle Lowry recorded the same in 2013.