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Free-agent guard Elfrid Payton has agreed to a one-year deal to join the Suns. This will be Payton's second stint in Phoenix, playing 19 games there after the Orlando Magic traded him during the 2017-18 campaign. The 27-year-old is currently averaging 10.9 points, 5.2 assists, and 1.3 steals throughout seven seasons of service in the league. However, although Payton is a capable producer at times, he probably won't see much time on the floor this year to be relevant in any fantasy format.
The Brooklyn Nets are sending guard Landry Shamet to Phoenix in exchange for Jevon Carter and the 29th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. The deal will add critical depth to the Suns, a team plagued by injuries during the postseason. The 24-year-old averaged 9.3 points and shot nearly 39 percent from deep during the 2020-21 campaign. He has the potential to see an uptick in fantasy production if given a more prominent role this season. However, Shamet will likely see most of his value as a streaming option during the occasional spot-start throughout the year.
Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul is reportedly drawing interest from the Lakers heading into the 2021-22 campaign. The veteran, who could decline a $44.2 million player option to become a free agent, arguably had his best season to date, finishing with 16.4 points, 8.9 assists, and 1.4 steals while shooting nearly 40 percent from deep to lead the Suns to the NBA Finals. While a sign-and-trade deal involving Dennis Schroder, Kyle Kuzma, and Talen Horton-Tucker could be the most likely scenario necessitated to acquire Paul's services, there is still a good chance he remains with his current team. Depending on where the 36-year-old ends up, he could see a decrease on the scoring end. However, he is expected to remain an elite fantasy option as long as managers acknowledge the risk of injury is higher than others.
Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (hand) denied reports that he is injured. "I'm fine," reported Paul, who suffered a right-hand injury during the Western Conference Finals. Although the veteran has balked at questions regarding a potential ailment, his recent play hasn't supported the concept, recently scoring just 10 points during the Game 4 loss to Milwaukee while also averaging five turnovers throughout his last three contests. As a result, fantasy managers partaking in single-game contests may want to think twice before inserting him into a DFS lineup.
Phoenix Suns guard Torrey Craig (knee) is available for Game 3 of the NBA Finals against Milwaukee. Craig injured his right knee during the Game 2 win on Thursday, and after he was listed as probable earlier in the day on Sunday, coach Monty Williams indicated he is good to go. However, the 30-year-old is still dealing with residual soreness from the bruise, so fantasy managers looking for a value option in single-game DFS contests may want to look elsewhere.