Payne totaled 15 points (6-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt), three rebounds, three assists and one steal in 22 minutes during Thursday's 114-99 victory over the Pacers. Payne continues to log decent minutes as the primary backup to Ricky Rubio. Over the four seeding games thus far, Payne is putting up averages of 11.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.0 triples. He is yet to carve out a consistent role in the NBA and perhaps this is just the opportunity he has been looking for.
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. 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.
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. Payne was far from efficient from the field, but he made up for missing 15 shots by contributing both as a rebounder and as a passer. He also collected three steals and one block but committed six turnovers. The 25-year-old is averaging 23.2 points, 4.9 boards and 8.0 dimes in 15 games with Texas this season.
Payne scored 36 points (15-25 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 1-1 FT) in a G League win over Austin on Wednesday. The 2015 NBA lottery pick continues to overmatch G League opponents, and he is now averaging 23.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.1 steals on the season. Payne has been even better over his last five games, posting per-game averages of 27.4 points, 6.6 boards and 8.4 dimes.
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. Payne has been excellent since returning to the G League on Jan. 26, but he took his performance to a new level Saturday, setting a career high in assists while notching his first triple-double. The former NBA lottery pick is averaging 22.1 points, 4.5 boards, 7.8 dimes and 2.3 steals in 12 contests with Texas this season.
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