Payne produced 13 points (5-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt), 10 assists and two rebounds in 31 minutes during Saturday's 114-109 loss to Cleveland.
Payne moved into the starting lineup with Kris Dunn (toe) unavailable due to injury. In his first start, Payne was able to record his first double-double of the season but failed to add any defensive numbers. There is a chance Dunn is forced to miss additional time and if this is the case, Payne could be worth a look for some short-term value, especially as owners head into the fantasy playoffs.
Payne will start at point guard Saturday against the Cavaliers, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Payne will step into the starting lineup for the first time all season with Kris Dunn unavailable due to a sprained toe. Over his last five contests, the 23-year-old is averaging 9.8 points, 3.0 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals across 20.6 minutes per game.
Payne produced eight points (3-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt), five assists and three rebounds in 25 minutes during Thursday's 111-110 victory over Memphis.
Payne could be in line for some additional playing time with Kriss Dunn leaving the game early with a toe sprain. There is no word yet on the severity of the injury, however, given the Bulls position in the standings, there is a good chance they play it safe with Dunn. While this doesn't make Payne a must-own player, he could be a nice source of three-pointers, steals, and assists in many leagues.
Payne scored 17 points (6-10 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT) to go along with two steals and one rebound across 23 minutes during Friday's 99-83 loss to the Pistons.
Payne received his largest allotment of minutes this season due to the lopsided nature of the game and led the team in scoring thanks to a strong showing from beyond the arc. The third-year guard continues to come off the bench behind Kris Dunn, limiting his usage on most nights, but games like this could occur down the stretch as a developmental Bulls squad continues to take their lumps.
Payne scored seven points (3-9 FG, 1-5 3PT) to go with two rebounds and seven assists in 20 minutes during Thursday's 116-115 loss to Philadelphia.
Aside from his seven points, Payne did dish out seven assists in his 20 minute, season debut on Thursday. As Chicago makes lineup changes, the guard could see a good amount of playing time as the season winds to a close. For Payne, any increase in playing time would be a jump after averaging 13.3 minutes in 2-plus seasons in the league. As a result of Payne's extended playing time, Jerian Grant's minutes will likely diminish.
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