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Suns trade Sebastian Telfair to the Raptors

Feb 21, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

Sebastian Telfair, Brandon Rush

The Suns are in a full-fledged rebuild, and have no need for serviceable reserve players who would take minutes over the team’s young talent that needs to develop.

As a result, Phoenix has agreed to send Sebastian Telfair to the Raptors in exchange for Hamed Haddadi and a protected second round draft pick, according to multiple reports.

Telfair has averaged 6.0 points and 2.5 assists in 17.3 minutes per game this season, but has only appeared in two of the Suns’ last nine games. His time in the rotation has instead been given to Kendall Marshall and Wesley Johnson to give them the opportunity to learn on the court by playing meaningful NBA minutes.

Haddadi ended up in Toronto as part of the Rudy Gay trade, and barely gets off the bench. He appeared in just 13 games in Memphis this season, averaging 1.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 6.2 minutes per game. His contract could expire after this season, if a team option for 2013-14 in the neighborhood of $1.4 million is not exercised.

For the Suns, this was about getting any compensation possible for Telfair, who wasn’t going to play for them much the rest of the season anyway. The second round pick is plenty, and the Raptors get a decent point guard to back up Kyle Lowry as they try to make a late push to get into the postseason.

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