Cameron Payne
Cameron Payne
24-Year-Old GuardG
Chicago Bulls
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.13 million contract with the Thunder in July of 2015. Thunder exercised $2.2 million team option for 2017-18 in October of 2016. Traded to the Bulls in February of 2017. Bulls exercised $3.26 million team option for 2018-19 in October of 2017.
Scores 10 points in preseason finale
GChicago Bulls
October 13, 2018
Payne finished with 10 points (4-10 FG, 2-6 3Pt), six rebounds, and two assists in 25 minutes during Friday's 98-93 preseason loss to Denver.
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Payne saw some decent run off the bench in the final preseason outing, tallying 10 points in 25 minutes. He will be coming off the bench as the backup point-guard behind Kris Dunn and should see minutes in the high-teens. He is going to find it hard to put up any notable fantasy value but is worth keeping an eye on in case Dunn either hits a form slump or suffers an injury.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2015
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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Good season despite injury
GChicago Bulls
April 18, 2018
Payne mustered 8.8 points, 4.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds over 25 games played with Chicago in 2017-18.
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Will be 'looked at' post All-Star break
GChicago Bulls
Foot
February 1, 2018
Payne (foot) will be "looked at" sometime after the All-Star break, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Cleared for everything except jumping
GChicago Bulls
Foot
January 8, 2018
Payne (foot) has been cleared for all activities except jumping, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Cleared for increased activity
GChicago Bulls
Foot
January 6, 2018
Payne's foot scan went well and he's been cleared to ramp up his activity, though remains without a timetable for a return, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Still weeks away from a return
GChicago Bulls
Foot
December 21, 2017
Payne (foot) is expected to take part in non-contact work Friday, but is still considered "weeks away" from a return, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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