10/21/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/21/2019 18:23
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona Suns announced today they have completed a trade with the Raptors 905, acquiring the rights to an NBA champion and a first round draft pick.
The Suns receive the returning player rights to forward Malcolm Miller and the 905's own first round pick in the 2019 NBA G League Draft, the 21st overall selection, in exchange for the returning player rights to Jawun Evans.
Miller (6-7, 210 pounds) has been with the Raptors organization the last two years, playing for both the Toronto Raptors and the Raptors 905. Miller helped the Toronto Raptors win the NBA championship last season, as he appeared in 10 games in the 2019 NBA Playoffs, including Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. He tallied eight points and five rebounds in 28 minutes in the postseason.
Miller, 26, logged 25 regular season games (four starts) in the NBA with Toronto between 2017-19, averaging 2.9 points (44.4 FG%, 42.9 3PT%, 87.5 FT%) in 7.7 minutes per game. Over the last two seasons, he played 54 combined regular season and playoff games for the 905, helping his team reach the NBA G League Finals in 2017-18, a season in which he averaged 12.6 points and 5.1 rebounds. Altogether in his NBA G League career, Miller has played in 94 regular season games (76 starts), averaging 12.2 points (46.7 FG%, 38.1 3PT%, 78.6 FT%) and 4.4 rebounds in 29.8 minutes per game (2017-19 with Raptors, 2015-16 with Maine Red Claws). The Gaithersburg, Maryland, native played four seasons collegiately at Holy Cross.
By adding the Raptors' original first round selection, the Suns now have seven total picks in the 2019 NBA G League Draft, including three in the first round, five in the first two rounds (Nos. 1, 15, 21, 29, 33, 57, 85).
Evans was the ninth call-up (eighth player call-up) in Northern Arizona Suns history, earning a Two-Way contract last season with the Phoenix Suns. Overall for the NAZ Suns in his lone season with the team, Evans averaged 15.1 points, 5.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 32 games (26 starts).
Season tickets start as low as $9 per game for the Northern Arizona Suns. Benefits include exclusive team events, discounts on team gear, playoff priority and free Phoenix Suns tickets. For more information about the 24-game package, visit nazsuns.com/memberships or call 928-772-SUNS.