Payne has agreed to a two-year deal with the Raptors, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. A former lottery pick by the Thunder in 2015, Payne has bounced around the league, seeing action for Oklahoma City, Chicago and Cleveland. The former Murray State product joined the Mavericks for 2019 summer league, averaging 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.7 steals across 28.9 minutes in three games. His performances were enough for the Raptors to take notice. Payne will likely slot in as the third point guard option on Toronto behind Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet, so opportunities for significant run may be limited.
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. Payne saw the most action since his rookie 2015 campaign last season while splitting time with the Bulls and Cavaliers, shooting a career-high 43.0 percent. Perhaps the improved accuracy was a sign of things to come, as Payne has been lights out over his first three summer league games. He came into Monday's contest shooting 50.0 percent, a figure he improved with a 52.9 percent showing against the Kings. Payne should continue seeing plenty of run during remaining games in Las Vegas, providing him with a platform to build plenty of momentum ahead of training camp and preseason.
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. Payne has achieved journeyman status despite having just four season of NBA service time. The 2015 first-round pick of the Thunder averaged just 17.8 minutes per contest during the 2018-19 season while seeing time with both the Bulls and Cavaliers, his third and fourth professional stops. Shooting has remained an Achilles heel for the 24-year-old, so his 70.0 percent showing from the field Friday was encouraging. Payne will look to continue making his case for a longer look during subsequent games in the desert.
Payne will play for the Mavericks' summer league squad, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports. Payne has hopped around the NBA during his four years in the league, playing for three different teams. Despite the short stints and underwhelming play, Dallas is interested to see what he can do in their system during summer league. Last season, he appeared in 40 games between Cleveland and Chicago, averaging 6.3 points, 2.7 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 17.8 minutes.
The Cavaliers informed Payne on Friday that he wouldn't be signed for the rest of the season, ending his stint with the team, Chris Fedor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. With Payne's second 10-day contract expiring, the Cavaliers evidently determined that they hadn't seen enough from the guard during his nearly three-week stay in Cleveland to justify keeping him around the rest of the way. Over his eight games (one start) with the Cavaliers, Payne averaged 8.0 points (on 48.9 percent shooting from the field), 2.5 assists, 2.1 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 0.9 triples in 19.4 minutes per contest. The Cavaliers are expected to use the roster spot created by Payne's departure to bring in another player on a 10-day deal.
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