Cameron Payne
Cameron Payne
25-Year-Old GuardG
Phoenix Suns  NBA  
Phoenix Suns
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 one-year contract with the Suns in June of 2020. Contract includes team option for 2021-22.
Inks two-year deal with Suns
GPhoenix Suns
June 30, 2020
Payne agreed Tuesday with the Suns on a one-year contract that includes a lightly guaranteed team option for 2021-22, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Payne hasn't seen any NBA minutes this season, but he was excellent in the G League with the Texas Legends, averaging 23.2 points, 7.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 combined steals/blocks per game. He likely won't see much action with a Phoenix squad that's already deep at point guard, but he could end up seeing regular run off the bench if the Suns fall out of playoff contention quickly.
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Payne is the original first-round point guard out of Murray State, helping to pave the way for Ja Morant. He began the year with the Chicago Bulls, with whom he played in 31 games and picked up 12 starts. Payne averaged 17.3 minutes per contest with Chicago, notching 5.7 points and 2.7 assists per contest. He also made 41.1 percent of his field goals and 88.0 percent of his free throws. He tallied a season-high 21 points -- all on three-pointers -- in a win over the Hornets on Oct. 24. In January, Payne was waived by the Bulls. He signed a 10-day contract with the Cavaliers a few days later, and then signed a second 10-day deal with the Cavs after that one expired. Payne appeared in nine games with Cleveland, including one start. His minutes increased from his time with Chicago, as Payne played 19.6 minutes per night. Payne also attempted nearly one more three per-pointer game on average and made 36.0 percent of his shots from beyond the arc with the Cavs. Accordingly, his scoring output jumped to 8.2 points per contest.

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Payne was limited to just 25 games (14 starts) in an injury-shortened 2017-2018 season in Chicago. A foot surgery in September delayed the start of his year until Feb. 22, and the Bulls eased him into action the rest of the season. Following 11 appearances off the bench, the Murray State product made his first start of the season on March 17. He then remained in the starting lineup through the end of the year. Payne still managed to set new career bests with 23.3 minutes and 8.8 points per game. In his 14 starts, he increased those rates to 26.5 minutes and 9.4 points per game. Payne's season-high in scoring was 17 points, a mark he reached twice. He dished out a season-high 10 assists against Cleveland in that March 17 game. That was also his only double-double of the season, as he scored 13 points in the contest. Payne grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against Houston on March 27.

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Transaction History
  • June 25, 2015
    Drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 1st round (14th pick) of the 2015 NBA Draft.
  • July 10, 2015
    Signed a multi-year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder
  • December 5, 2015
    Assigned to the Oklahoma City Blue of the G-League.
  • December 6, 2015
    Recalled from the Oklahoma City Blue of the G-League.
  • December 15, 2015
    Assigned to the Oklahoma City Blue of the G-League.
  • December 16, 2015
    Recalled from the Oklahoma City Blue of the G-League.
  • January 1, 2017
    Assigned to the Oklahoma City Blue of the G-League.
  • January 7, 2017
    Recalled from the Oklahoma City Blue of the G-League.
  • February 23, 2017
    Traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder with Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow to the Chicago Bulls for Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a 2018 2nd round draft pick (Mitchell Robinson was later selected).
  • March 20, 2017
    Assigned to the Windy City Bulls of the G-League.
  • March 22, 2017
    Recalled from the Windy City Bulls of the G-League.
  • March 23, 2017
    Assigned to the Windy City Bulls of the G-League.
  • March 24, 2017
    Recalled from the Windy City Bulls of the G-League.
  • March 28, 2017
    Assigned to the Windy City Bulls of the G-League.
  • March 29, 2017
    Recalled from the Windy City Bulls of the G-League.
  • February 5, 2018
    Assigned to the Windy City Bulls of the G-League.
  • February 13, 2018
    Recalled from the Windy City Bulls of the G-League.
  • January 3, 2019
    Waived by the Chicago Bulls.
  • January 6, 2019
    Signed a 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • January 16, 2019
    Signed a 2nd 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • July 24, 2019
    Signed as a free agent with the Toronto Raptors.
  • October 19, 2019
    Waived by the Toronto Raptors.
  • June 30, 2020
    Signed a two-year contract with the Phoenix Suns.
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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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Notches double-double Sunday
GTexas Legends   G League (Mavericks)
March 9, 2020
Payne scored 22 points (8-23 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and collected eight rebounds along with 10 assists in a loss to Agua Caliente on Sunday.
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Another big game Wednesday
GTexas Legends   G League (Mavericks)
March 4, 2020
Payne scored 36 points (15-25 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 1-1 FT) in a G League win over Austin on Wednesday.
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GTexas Legends   G League (Mavericks)
March 1, 2020
Payne scored 18 points (8-16 FG, 2-7 3Pt) and totaled 19 assists along with 10 rebounds in Saturday's G League win over Northern Arizona.
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Scores 30 points Friday
GTexas Legends   G League (Mavericks)
February 28, 2020
Payne posted 30 points (11-19 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT) along with seven rebounds, four assists and four steals in a victory over Sioux Falls on Friday.
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GTexas Legends   G League (Mavericks)
February 26, 2020
Payne scored 22 points (9-17 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), adding five rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two blocks in a victory over Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday.
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