Payton tallied 29 points (14-23 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 0-2 FT), 15 rebounds, six steals and five assists in the win Thursday over the Legends.
The point guard posted a stunning 15 rebounds Thursday and is now averaging 8.8 rebounds, although that's only over the course of five games. The former Trail Blazers has had some experience in the G League, but a continually strong showcase might warrant a call-up by the Rockets in the near future.
Payton was waived by the Trail Blazers on Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Payton was unable to make enough waves to secure a spot on the final roster amongst the myriad of other Blazers guards. He's seen just over 300 NBA minutes in two years with the Bucks and Lakers. It's possible he latches on with another team, but a stint in the G-League or overseas seems more likely.
Payton agreed to a training camp contract with the Trail Blazers on Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Payton split the 2017-18 campaign between the Bucks and Lakers, playing in a combined 23 games and averaging 3.0 points and 1.9 rebounds across 9.6 minutes. The fact that he rarely saw the court meant he wasn't a fantasy contributor in nearly any format and that likely isn't going to change ahead of the upcoming season. Payton will battle for a roster spot during camp, but will have a long road ahead of him to actually make the team. He'll likely start the year in the G-League.
Payton produced 25 points (11-19 FG, 3-7 3Pt), 12 rebounds, two steals and one assist in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 115-100 victory over the Clippers.
Payton came out of nowhere to record his first career double-double in Wednesday's victory over the Clippers. He hasn't even been in the rotation until the last couple of games and this was a performance to remember for the young guard. Despite this outing, he remains a non-factor heading into next season.
Payton was assigned to the G-League on Saturday.
Despite being recalled by the Lakers on Friday, Payton didn't see the floor during their contest against the Heat later that night and will now be sent back to the G-League a day later. A stint there should provide the young guard more developmental opportunities and extended playing time. However, even when recalled, Payton is not a viable fantasy target.
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