Cameron Payne
Cameron Payne
25-Year-Old GuardG
Free Agent  Foreign
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Payne's 2018-19 campaign was certainly one to forget. After making 31 appearances (12 starts) with the Bulls to start the season, he was waived in January. Shortly after, he signed a pair of 10-day contracts with the Cavaliers but wasn't kept around for the rest of the season, and with that, his fourth NBA season had reached its conclusion. Across his 40 total appearances, Payne averaged 6.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists across 17.8 minutes per game while shooting a career-low 29.8 percent from three. He will look to get a fresh start in 2019-20 with the Raptors after signing a two-year deal with the defending champs. However, barring injury to either Kyle Lowry or Fred VanVleet, opportunities will certainly be hard to come by for Payne this season. That said, given that Lowry rarely ever plays a full season and VanVleet is coming off an injury-plagued campaign of his own, Payne should sparingly have the chance to log some backcourt minutes this coming season. But overall, he doesn't carry much value in terms of his likely production. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3.71 million contract with the Raptors in July of 2019. Waived by the Raptors in October of 2019.
Inks deal in China
GFree Agent
November 12, 2019
Payne has signed a contract with Shanxi of the Chinese Basketball Association, Nicola Lupo of Sportando reports.
Payne joined the Raptors for training camp earlier in the year, but after being waived in October, he'll take his talents overseas. The former first-round pick out of Murray State appeared in 40 games during the 2018 NBA season, averaging 6.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.8 rebounds across stops in Chicago and Cleveland.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Injuries have slowed Payne’s development through his first three campaigns. However, the former 14th overall pick was able to start 14 games for the Bulls last season, averaging 9.4 points, 5.6 assists and 3.3 rebounds across 26.5 minutes in that role. That said, with Kris Dunn a lock to start at point guard, Payne will probably be limited to exclusively a bench role this season, where he averaged 8.1 points, 3.2 assists and 2.1 rebounds during 2017-18. Efficiency remains a problem for the Murray State product, as he’s yet to shoot over 41 percent in a season. Until that aspect of his game sees improvement, Payne will probably only have Fantasy value in deeper points formats, including DFS.
Payne opened the 2016-17 season with the Thunder, but missed a large chunk early on while recovering from a pair of fractures in his right foot. After playing just 20 games in Oklahoma City, he was eventually dealt to Chicago at the trade deadline, although that didn't help his value as a Fantasy commodity considering the presence of both Rajon Rondo and Jerian Grant. Payne ended up taking part in just 11 games with Chicago, averaging a meager 4.9 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists across 12.9 minutes. Moving forward to the 2017-18 season, Rondo is no longer in the fold at point guard, but the Bulls brought over Kris Dunn in the Jimmy Butler trade. Dunn is currently the favorite to start at point guard and Grant is still around as well, which means Payne will likely be buried once again. Unless an injury occurs, Payne should be nothing more than the team's third point guard, though there's always a chance he unseats Grant for the backup role with a strong training camp.
Payne was the Thunder's first-round pick this offseason, taken with the 14th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. As a sophomore point guard at Murray State last season, he averaged 20.2 points, 6.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 32 minutes per game. Payne is 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, a below-average size in the NBA, but boasts a wingspan of 6-foot-7 inches, which should help make up for his lack of height on defense. Although he has a thin frame and isn't a high flier, Payne is an intelligent point guard with excellent passing skills. During a pre-draft workout with the Nuggets, Payne fractured his ring finger and was not able to participate in the Las Vegas Summer League. He needs to expand his range out to the NBA line, as he shot 45 percent from the field and 35 percent from three. He's expected to be healthy for training camp, so we'll get a look at him in preseason, but Payne's rookie season will likely be spent in the D-League and playing spot minutes as the third-string point guard behind Russell Westbrook and D.J. Augustin.
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Waived by Raptors
GFree Agent
October 19, 2019
Payne was waived by the Raptors on Saturday, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
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Joining Raptors
GToronto Raptors
July 17, 2019
Payne has agreed to a two-year deal with the Raptors, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Continues building case in loss
GDallas Mavericks
July 8, 2019
Payne pitched in 32 points (9-17 FG, 7-12 3Pt, 7-7 FT), three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 29 minutes during the Mavericks' 105-101 loss to the Kings in a Las Vegas Summer League game Monday.
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Solid first impression
GDallas Mavericks
July 5, 2019
Payne generated 18 points (7-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), four rebounds, four assists and three steals across 27 minutes during the Mavericks' 96-92 win over the Nets in a Las Vegas Summer League game Friday.
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Joins Mavs for summer league
GDallas Mavericks
June 28, 2019
Payne will play for the Mavericks' summer league squad, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports.
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