Payne was waived by the Raptors on Saturday, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Payne, who joined the Raptors in the offseason after averaging 6.3 points, 2.7 assists and 1.8 rebounds across 40 games for Chicago and Cleveland last year, was waived Saturday. If he clears waivers, there's a good chance he'll join Raptors 905 for the start of 2019-20.
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.
Payne failed to score (0-2 FT) but added three assists and a rebound across 20 minutes in Saturday's 124-102 loss to the Nuggets.
Payne had played well off the bench in the Cavs' last two games, so it appears his start was an attempt to take advantage of a hot hand, but this tactic ultimately backfired. One should expect Alec Burks to be back in a starting role very soon.
Payne will start Saturday's game against the Nuggets, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
Payne started 11 of the first 12 games of the season for the Cavaliers, but Saturday marks his first time in the starting lineup since November 17. The 24-year-old has scored 26 points over the last two games (10-17 FG). Payne takes the starting spot of Alec Burks at Denver.
Payne produced 12 points (5-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt), three rebounds, and two assists in 21 minutes during Wednesday's 129-112 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Payne continues to make the most of his opportunity, and he delivered an efficient scoring performance in this one. With that being said, Payne is only a viable option in deeper or daily leagues.
Payne signed a second 10-day contract with the Cavaliers on Wednesday.
The former Murray State star has been rewarded for his solid play for Cavaliers during his brief stint so far. After being waived by the Bulls on Jan.3, Payne is currently averaging 8.3 points and 2.0 assists over the last three games with the Cavaliers.
Payne contributed 10 points (4-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt), three assists and two rebounds across 22 minutes Tuesday in the Cavaliers' 123-115 loss to the Pacers.
After Payne inked a 10-day deal with Cleveland earlier in the week, interim coach Larry Drew wasted no time ushering the guard into the rotation. Payne acquitted himself well in his Cavaliers debut, but it's worth noting that two key wings in Rodney Hood (Achilles) and David Nwaba (ankle) were sidelined, while additional minutes opened up when Larry Nance (knee) exited in the second half. If the Cavaliers get at least two or those players back for Wednesday's game in New Orleans, there's a good chance Payne's minutes dip into the teens or possibly the single digits.
Payne is expected to ink a 10-day contract with Cleveland, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Payne was let go by the Bulls on Thursday night, but he wasn't on the open market for long. He saw limited run with Chicago this season, averaging 5.7 points along with 2.7 assists across 31 games off the bench, and he'll aim to make an impact with his new team in an effort to coax out a longer stint in Cleveland.
Payne was released by the Bulls on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Payne will hit the open market to make room on the roster for the acquisitions of Wayne Selden and MarShon Brooks from Memphis. Payne has struggled to see much playing time of late, averaging 3.8 points, 1.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists over 12.8 minutes per contest (five games), so he'll search to make an impact elsewhere after getting the boot.
Payne (calf) is available to play in Sunday's game against the Cavaliers, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Payne sat out of Saturday's practice with a calf injury, however he is available for the Bulls Sunday. The Bulls are dealing with a couple injuries on the wing, so Payne could see increased playing time.
Payne (calf) was a non-participant at Saturday's practice, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Payne missed Friday's victory over the Magic, and his absence from Saturday's practice indicates he has a ways to go if he wants to play in Sunday's matchup with the Cavaliers. Expect an update on his status once the team provides more clarity on the situation.
Payne (calf) is out Friday against Orlando, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
A calf injury will prevent Payne from taking the floor. He had seen 20-plus minutes in each of the two prior games. Once he returns, that workload may stick, as Zach LaVine's (ankle) absence and Jabari Parker's uncertain status with the team have opened up plenty of minutes on Chicago.
Payne did not participate in Thursday's practice due to a calf injury and is considered day-to-day, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Payne likely picked up the injury during Wednesday's loss to the Nets and should be considered questionable for Friday's outing against Orlando. Look for the Bulls to provide an update on Payne's status following shootaround Friday morning.
Payne posted two points (1-3 FG) in nine minutes during Monday's 108-107 loss to the Spurs.
Payne has seen single-digit minutes in four straight games, two of which he went scoreless in. Moreover, he hasn't reached double figures in scoring since Oct. 29, and with Kris Dunn (knee) set to go through a non-contact practice on Tuesday, Payne could soon be even more irrelevant in the team's point guard rotation.
Payne will head to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Suns, Chuck Swirsky of the Bulls Radio Network reports.
Payne will return to the bench with Zach Lavine (illness) returning to the lineup Wednesday. Prior to getting the start in Lavine's absence on Saturday, Payne was out of the rotation and had played just 11 minutes total in his past four games. Until he gets more run, Payne isn't a viable fantasy option.
Payne will start Saturday against the Raptors, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Zach LaVine (illness) is out, so Payne will draw the start at guard. He's recently been out of the rotation. But when seeing at least 25 minutes, he's averaged 10.3 points, 3.8 assists and 1.7 steals.
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