Cameron Payne is nearing his return to the Thunder, but first he’ll have to suit up for the Oklahoma City Blue. Thunder coach Billy Donovan didn’t specify which games Payne would play in, but the 22-year-old is expected to play this week for the Blue, possibly as early as Tuesday night in Salt Lake City. It’ll be Payne’s first live game action since suffering an acute fracture in his right foot in the Thunder’s Blue and White scrimmage Sept. 27. The Blue has three games this week: Tuesday at Salt Lake City, Thursday at Reno and Saturday at home against Greensboro (7 p.m., Cox Convention Center).
But he participated in full-contact three-on-three at the end of Wednesday's practice, as did guard Victor Oladipo, who's missed the past eight games with a sprained right wrist. Oladipo also will sit out against the Grizzlies unless something “unforeseeable” happens before the game, Donovan said. But both players appear to be closing in on returns.
Randy Renner: From today's #Thunder practice "Neither Oladipo Nor Payne Expected To Play On Roadtrip" at InsideThunder.com pic.twitter.com/7k70q8z7X78
Chris Haynes: ESPN Sources: Oklahoma guard Cameron Payne nearing season debut from fractured foot. Potential return date: Dec. 29 in hometown of Memphis.
The Oklahoma City Thunder announced today that guard Cameron Payne suffered an acute fracture to his fifth metatarsal in Tuesday night’s Blue-White Scrimmage.
Royce Young: Cameron Payne suffered an "acute fracture" to his fifth metatarsal in his right foot, the same one he had surgery on this summer.
Randy Renner: #Thunder say Payne will talk to doctors this week to see about treatment going forward. No word on whether he will make trip to Spain.
Anthony Slater: Thunder point guard Cameron Payne had surgery for a Jones fracture in his right foot today. Expected to be ready for training camp.
Randy Renner: #Thunder coach Billy Donovan says both Cameron Payne and Nick Collison are back from injury and cleared to play https://t.co/SWFkptAQEc
September 26, 2021 | 8:50 pm EDT Update
Adam Zagoria: Kyrie Irving is expected at Nets’ media day Monday, per league sources. We’ll see how it plays out as he’s likely to face a lot of vaccination-related questions in the wake of the @RollingStone story.
Arash Markazi: LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Talen Horton-Tucker are in a suite for today’s Rams-Buccaneers game. pic.twitter.com/2b0bmLPw6V
September 26, 2021 | 6:21 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: The Los Angeles Lakers are planning to sign two-way guard Austin Reaves to a new two-year contract, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Reaves converted to a standard NBA contract, becomes Lakers‘ 14th roster spot.