April 14, 2018, 9:38 amCameron PaynePG, Chicago Bulls
Cameron Payne has the backup PG job secured over Jerian Grant.
Payne was ahead of Grant on the depth chart to end the season but one would think they would at least have a training camp battle. Fred Hoiberg did not show any uncertainty regarding his plans for next season saying, "I feel really good about going into next season with Kris Dunn as our starter and Cameron Payne as our backup… Cameron showed a competitiveness to him, an ability to push the ball probably better than any guard we've had in a while, and showed a defensive edge to him that will help us going forward." Both players can put up numbers given the minutes but Payne offers more upside for triples, steals and blocks with 1.4, 1.0 and 0.4 respectively in 23.3 minutes, compared to 0.8, 0.8 and 0.1 in 22.8 minutes for Grant. The 23-year old Payne's career has been stalled by injuries so far but currently looks to make some noise in 14-team leagues as the first guard off the bench for the Bulls. He finished last season hovering around top-150 per-game value in limited minutes and should gain more confidence with a healthy offseason.
Source: Chicago Sun Times