Payne (foot) is expected to be reevaluated in three weeks.
Payne underwent surgery to repair a fractured right foot at the end of August and was originally expected to sidelined into late November. However, it appears his absence is likely to extend into early December, as Payne is slated to be reevaluated in three weeks, which marks the end of the month. Coach Fred Hoiberg indicated that Payne is "making progress and doing everything he's supposed to do," so it doesn't appear he's suffered any sort of hiccup in the recovery process. For now, look for Payne to return at some point in December, though confirmation on that should come in three weeks when he's reevaluated.
Payne will undergo surgery on his right foot and is expected to be sidelined until late November, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Payne dealt with a fractured right foot at the start of the 2016-17 campaign, though it remains to be seen if this is some sort of aggravation or if it's a new injury entirely. Either way, Payne will sit out roughly the next three months while undergoing extensive rehabilitation. Payne was likely going to be just a depth option at point guard during the upcoming season, but his absence could open more time for a guy like Jerian Grant, who should come off the bench behind projected starter Kris Dunn. That said, new addition Zach LaVine (knee) could also see time at point guard as well once he's at full strength.
Payne will not participate in the remainder of summer league due to a family issue, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Through two summer league outings, Payne averaged 11.5 points on 34.6 percent shooting, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists across 28.5 minutes per game. While it's not always a great idea to put stock in two summer league performances, Payne is one of a handful of point guards looking for a chance in Chicago, and his summer league outings were not exactly stellar. His work in training camp may ultimately determine what sort of role he'll play next season.
Payne will be active for Friday's Game 3 tilt with the Celtics, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com reports.
Payne, who has been virtually nonexistent since being shipped to the Bulls at the trade deadline, will join the rotation after Rajon Rondo (thumb) was ruled out indefinitely Friday morning. Jerian Grant will take over as stater for Game 3 and beyond, with Michael Carter-Williams also likely to see an uptick in minutes. However, if either point guard struggles or gets in foul trouble expect Payne, who has only played in two of the past 15 games, to take the court.
Payne will be inactive Saturday against the Hawks, Sean Highkin of The Athletic reports.
Payne was recalled from the D-League earlier in the week, but he'll be one of the team's two inactives for the second straight game. The point guard, whom Chicago acquired at the deadline, has played in only one of the Bulls' last eight contests.
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