Kellan Olson: Devin Booker (left hamstring strain) and Cam Payne (right foot soreness) are both out tonight for the Suns vs. the Warriors. Dario Saric and Damian Jones still out as well.
Duane Rankin: #Suns injury report vs. Pacers. Cameron Payne (right ankle sprain) and Jalen Smith (health and safety protocols) OUT.
Bulls point guard Cameron Payne is set to make his season debut Thursday against the 76ers after he foot surgery sidelined him for nearly two-thirds of the season. He’ll play secondary to Bulls starting point guard Kris Dunn.
Nick Friedell: Cam Payne will rejoin the Bulls after the All-Star break. Both Fred Hoiberg and John Paxson have made it very clear that he will play when he returns.
Marc J. Spears: Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg says guard Cameron Payne will join G-League Windy City soon and then likely join the varsity team after the All-Star Break.
KC Johnson: Paxson also said Bulls will look at Cameron Payne "sometime after the All-Star break." It's so on.
KC Johnson: McDermott in town means Cam Payne talk. Hoiberg: "We hope to get him back in the next six weeks and give him a real look to see what we have with him. He’s a guy who can push the ball up the floor."
Chicago will have until October 31st to decide on the 4th year team option for Cameron Payne. The 3rd year point guard is out 3-4 months after undergoing surgery on his right foot. Payne would have a $3.3M cap hit if the Bulls elect to exercise his option for 2018-19.
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.
Nick Friedell: Source confirms @Shams Charania report. Cameron Payne will have surgery on his right foot. He's out a least a couple months.
Jay King: Rajon Rondo and Cameron Payne will be inactive for the Bulls, per Hoiberg. No surprise in either case.
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
Anthony Slater: Cameron Payne to miss Game 1 vs Mavs with hip soreness. But Billy Donovan "optimistic" he'll be back for Game 2: newsok.com/article/5492263
May 30, 2023 | 8:51 pm EDT Update
Michael Malone on Heat: 'For those who are thinking that this is going to be an easy series...this is going to be the biggest challenge of our lives'
“We’ve got the utmost respect for them,” Gordon said. “They fight and they scrap, and they have no quit in them. They play through 48 minutes a game and more, if necessary. They play fearless. They play disciplined. They’re well coached and have some guys that have been there before and have some guys that have chips on their shoulder. We’re not looking at the seeding or the story around it. This is a very talented basketball team, professional basketball team, and all those guys over there got game.”
The New Orleans Pelicans plan to restructure their player care and performance team after their injury-marred 2022-23 season, sources told The Times-Picayune. Aaron Nelson, the Pelicans vice president of player performance and care, has been in charge of that department for the last four seasons. Under Nelson, the Pelicans have finished seventh, 27th, 20th and seventh in games lost to injury, according to Man-Games Lost.
ClutchPoints: “Before the trophies and the memories over this run, I remember I told you ‘you better get it right!’ And you did… Forever grateful for you as a friend forever.” Steph Curry with a powerful tribute to Warriors GM Bob Myers💙 (via stephencurry30/IG)
NBA Central: Robert Horry says he’s taking Hakeem over Shaq and Duncan (Via @shobasketball) pic.twitter.com/29qcpqw3pI
May 30, 2023 | 7:35 pm EDT Update
Tyler Herro on return: I'm going to be working out multiple times everyday until I come back
Within the past week, Herro was cleared to shoot and dribble with the surgically repaired hand. But he hasn’t yet participated in a contact practice. “I’m going to be working out every day, twice, two, three times a day from here until the day I hopefully come back,” said Herro, who is traveling with the team. “So I’m always going to continue to work hard and see how my body responds day by day and try to come back as soon as possible.”
“I’ve never once missed it,” Atlanta Hawks star Dejounte Murray says. “That explains my professionalism, my attention to detail. I gotta have it. Every game day, gotta be the same. Whether at home or on the road.” Says Toronto Raptors veteran Chris Boucher: “It’s just to make sure that I’m in the right state of mind. It makes you feel good. I never miss sleep.” The thing is, NBA players almost have to be good at day-sleeping, because their schedules are profoundly abnormal. It’s easy to forget that they work nights, with most games starting at 7:30 and finishing around 10 p.m. They might not get home, or to the hotel, until midnight—or possibly 2 or 3 a.m., if the team flew immediately after the game. And of course there are, uh, lifestyle factors in play, too. Pro athletes are known to enjoy the nightlife—yet even for those that don’t, it can be a challenge to wind down after spending two to three hours hopped up on adrenaline. And because most teams hold a morning shootaround—sometime between 9-11 a.m.—they can’t just sleep in on game days.