August 13, 2020, 7:14 pmDario SaricPF, Phoenix Suns
Dario Šarić and Cameron Payne were the best bench players for the Suns during Thursday's victory over the Mavs, playing 26 and 30 minutes respectively.
Šarić finished the contest with 16 points (6-of-10), six rebounds, two assists, two 3-pointers and two turnovers. We expected Šarić to play a sizable role in the restart and he finished the seeding games with standard league value. Payne, on the other hand, was not expected to play as large of a role as he had in the eight games. Payne finished with standard league value and Thursday was no exception as he had 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, three treys and one turnover. The journeyman has played for four teams over his first five seasons in the league but may have finally found a home in Phoenix. He has a non-guaranteed contract for next season and it is likely that the Suns retain his services.
August 10, 2020, 5:15 pmCameron PaynePG, Phoenix Suns
Cameron Payne played a season-high 33 minutes during Monday's win, ending with 14 points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals and a pair of 3-pointers.
Payne continues to carve out meaningful minutes for the Suns, turning in his best all-around performance of the bubble so far. He has played at least 19 minutes in every game and thanks to his improved production, he is certainly making a case to be rostered in all fantasy formats. The Suns are playing their best basketball of the season and so Payne should continue to function at a similar level moving forward.
August 6, 2020, 7:06 pmCameron PaynePG, Phoenix Suns
Cameron Payne and Dario Šarić led the Suns' bench unit in Thursday's win over the Pacers with 21 and 20 minutes respectively.
It was expected that Šarić would be a key part of the rotation for the Suns and Thursday was no different as he had 16 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one 3-pointer and three turnovers. If he continues at his current pace, Šarić should finish somewhere around the top-75. The bigger surprise off the bench for the Suns has been Payne, who was signed just before the league resumption. Payne poured in 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting with three rebounds, three assists, one steal, three trifectas and two turnovers. He has seen at least 18 minutes in each of the Suns' first three contests and can be expected to be one of the first guards off the bench moving forward.
August 4, 2020, 8:04 pmCameron PaynePG, Phoenix Suns
Cameron Payne dropped 12 points (5-of-9 FG, 2-of-3 3PT) in his third appearance with the Suns on Tuesday, adding three rebounds, three assists and a steal in 20 minutes off the bench.
Coach Monty Williams and the Suns have shown an unwavering confidence in Payne thus far and he is rewarding them with consistency off the bench. They signed him to a multi-year deal during the hiatus and it's becoming more and more likely that he has solidified a spot on their 2020-21 roster. It's great to see for a likable guy like Payne, but he's still a ways from fantasy consideration.
July 31, 2020, 10:45 pmCameron PaynePG, Phoenix Suns
Cameron Payne made his Suns debut on Friday against the Wizards in the Orlando bubble, logging 19 minutes and finishing with nine points (4-of-7 FG, 1-of-2 3PT), three rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.
Payne was signed to a multi-year contract while the season was paused and the Suns evidently think they can use him. He impressed in the Suns' final scrimmage on Thursday and earned himself a solid chunk of playing time on Friday. Payne seems to have a chance to prove himself during the Suns' seven remaining seeding games (and the playoffs, if they manage to sneak into the field).
July 23, 2020, 10:07 pmCameron PaynePG, Phoenix Suns
Cameron Payne had a solid showing off the bench in Thursday's scrimmage win, posting 11 points (5-of-7 FG), five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 17 minutes.
Payne inked a two-year deal with the Suns during the NBA hiatus, and while Phoenix has a stacked backcourt depth chart, he'll be trying to make his case in the Orlando bubble period. Keep in mind that Ricky Rubio and Elie Okobo did not play tonight, clearing the path for Payne to get minutes. He's unlikely to hold any fantasy value. He did manage to outplay fill-in starter Ty Jerome, who had eight points, three assists and a steal on 3-of-9 shooting.
June 30, 2020, 7:14 pmCameron PaynePG, Phoenix Suns
The Suns and G Cameron Payne have agreed to a two-year contract on Tuesday.
The Suns have a gluttony of guards, so there is little chance that Payne will have an impact when the season resumes, assuming the team stays healthy.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
October 22, 2019, 12:14 pmMalcolm MillerSF, Toronto Raptors
Malcolm Miller has earned a spot on the final 15-man roster for the Raptors.
Miller was ensured a spot after the team waived both Isaiah Taylor and Cameron Payne. This is the first time he’s made an NBA team outright to start the season, and Nick Nurse recently said that he is close to being in the rotation. That said, Miller is well off the fantasy radar.
Source: The Athletic
October 19, 2019, 1:05 pmCameron PaynePG, Free Agent
The Raptors reportedly waived Cameron Payne and Devin Robinson.
This transaction gets the Raptors roster to 15 players. Cameron Payne has always had an interesting statistical profile for fantasy, but he just can't string good games together when they actually count. Maybe he gets another shot, but the former lottery pick is running out of chances.
Source: Doug Smith on Twitter
July 24, 2019, 9:04 pmCameron PaynePG, Toronto Raptors
Cameron Payne has officially signed a two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors.
Payne earned a spot back with an NBA team after a strong showing in Summer League. He has an uphill battle to get rotation minutes as the third PG on the Raptors' bench, however, and as a result is unlikely to hold any fantasy value.
July 17, 2019, 1:59 pmCameron PaynePG, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors and Cameron Payne have agreed to a two-year deal, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
There are partial guarantees on the first season, and Payne will be looking to carve out work as the third-string point guard. This now puts the Raptors at 16 guaranteed contracts with Chris Boucher and Malcolm Miller set to join the group in the near future. Payne averaged 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.7 steals in three Summer League games with the Mavs.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 8, 2019, 7:14 pmCameron PaynePG, Dallas Mavericks
Cameron Payne put up 32 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and seven triples on 9-of-17 shooting in 28 minutes.
Payne has been in the league for four years now so this is what is expected of him. Most of his points came off of triples and he didn't do much else besides score. He'll probably crack the Mavericks' roster and add some depth but he shouldn't be fantasy relevant next season.
July 7, 2019, 12:17 amCameron PaynePG, Dallas Mavericks
Cameron Payne scored 10 points in the Mavericks' 113-81 win against the Rockets on Saturday night, adding eight rebounds, six assists, four steals and two turnovers.
Playing for his fourth team, Payne hopes to find a home with the Mavericks after tonight's performance. This is the second solid Summer League game for Payne and he showed a little bit of everything, contributing across the board. The Dallas backcourt is not set, even with the signing of Seth Curry, and Payne could have a shot of making the final roster.
January 26, 2019, 8:36 amCameron PayneG, Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs have informed Cameron Payne they will not be signing him for the remainder of the season.
Cameron Payne has hit the free agent market again after his second 10-day contract expired with the Cavs on Friday. In nine games and one start, he played well with a 49.1 field goal percentage and averaged 8.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.0 triples in 19.6 minutes. At 24 years old, Payne can still turn things around in a career that has been plagued by injuries thus far but don't expect him to pop up on the fantasy radar this season.
Source: Joe Vardon on Twitter
January 21, 2019, 4:49 pmCameron PayneG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Cam Payne delivered 11 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer in Monday's win over the Bulls.
Payne's currently halfway into his second 10-day contract with the Cavs, and even if they choose to let him walk at the end of the week he's certainly played well enough for some other team to at least give him consideration. It's probably not great that Payne was the best guard option today, but that's the state of things for Cleveland. He's fine to use in deep leagues until his deal runs out, especially since he's playing for his next paycheck.