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Cameron Payne
Cameron Payne
Position: G
Born: 08/08/94
Height: 6-2 / 1.88
Weight:180 lbs. / 81.6 kg.
Salary: $346,288
Penny Hardaway just assembled the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class for the 2019 class at the University of Memphis. But he’s made time in recent months for a former Team Penny AAU standout in Cameron Payne, who is averaging 19.3 points through his first three games as a member of the Dallas Mavericks’ summer league team. “He’s a point guard and he’s teaching me with film, teaching me defensively,” Payne said. “I’m just blessed to be able to work with him.”
Payne’s basketball journey has brought him back through Memphis, where he’s been “grinding, grinding, grinding” in the gym with Hardaway and another local prospect, Antonius Cleveland, who is also on the Mavericks’ summer league team. That work is paying off in the summer league, where Payne is shooting 45.8% from 3-point range. “We’ve sat down and watched film,” Payne said of Hardaway. “He’s been working on my passing. The good thing about him is he doesn’t just work on trying to score. He works on passing. I throw full-court passes, pocket passes.”
For the Bulls, it brought a humbling end to a failed experiment that served as the latest stain on the front office. For Payne, it was an unceremonious but necessary conclusion to what had become the cruelest chapter of his young career, a period that exposed Payne, through career-altering injuries, rampant losing and ruthless ridicule, to the dispiriting side of professional basketball. Payne’s goal now is simple: be remembered as something more than Russell Westbrook’s old dancing partner. “We probably did Cam a disservice to throw him into the fire right away because we weren’t set up, really, to do that,” Paxson said. “And that hurt him, I think, because he didn’t have success early.”
Payne never made excuses for his erratic play. But he felt the fans’ love for Gibson, coupled with their subsequent disappointment in watching him be traded away, played a sizable role in how he was perceived from the start. “It was huge just because that was their guys,” Payne said of Gibson and McDermott. “Those were the fans’ guys. The fact that I come in and nobody knows me because I haven’t really played. And the way Gar and them portrayed me to be just the next greatest thing — you know. I mean, I’m a young guy. I haven’t played that many games. I’ve got to play to get comfortable also. So I feel like that’s all it was. And I came in on a playoff team. So it was also tough there. It’s just a tough situation.”
Storyline: Bulls Front Office
“You make decisions and hope for the best,” Paxson said about releasing Cameron Payne. “The reality is both Arch (Ryan Arcidiacono) and Shaq (Harrison) have outplayed him. They fit what we want to do. Cam had some struggles with his foot and trying to get him back. “What it does is it gives Chandler an opportunity to play. He’ll play some significant minutes I would think,” said Paxson. “He has to live up to the standards that Jim wants and we want. But he’ll get opportunity. We still have some decisions to make with our roster. But our young guys will play. We’re going to be starting a really young team. Looking long term and big picture, this is about the future. We think a year and a half into the big move we made (trading Jimmy Butler), we have to focus on that. It’s hard to lose. You walk into the locker room and guys are competing, coaches are preparing, so that’s hard. But from my seat, Gar’s (Forman) seat, ownership’s seat, we have to keep the big picture in mind. And that’s what we’re doing.
Storyline: Bulls Front Office
With the trade, Chicago has 16 players on its roster and will need to waive a player. Management was still working on that decision Thursday night; however, the team likely will waive guard Cameron Payne, league sources said. After the Oklahoma City Thunder selected him 14th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, Payne, 24, has struggled to stay healthy and find traction in the league.
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Storyline: Cameron Payne Free Agency
At one point during a mid-November game at Milwaukee, guard Antonio Blakeney took exception to Hoiberg subbing him out and asked, in what team sources say was a show of rebellion, “Why the fuck are you taking me out?” His query was posed loudly in front of the team bench. Hoiberg later re-inserted him without reproach, sources said. Two weeks later, Blakeney mysteriously was supplanted in the rotation by Cameron Payne, whose inconsistency caused him to slip from emergency starter to third-stringer.
Chicago Bulls guard Cameron Payne will undergo surgery on his right foot Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined until late November, league sources told The Vertical. The Bulls acquired Payne at the trade deadline last season as a potential point guard of the future, and Payne had started the summer positively in his workout regimen and participated in summer league before re-aggravating the foot.
Storyline: Cameron Payne Injury