Report: Former Cavaliers Guard Cameron Payne Signs 2-Year Contract with Raptors

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 17, 2019

CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 21: Cameron Payne #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against the Chicago Bulls on January 21, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Former first-round draft pick Cameron Payne is expected to join the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Payne has agreed to a two-year deal with the Raptors. 

Payne has bounced around in four NBA seasons since being drafted No. 14 overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2015.

The Thunder shipped Payne to the Chicago Bulls in Feb. 2017 as part of a package for Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a second-round draft pick in 2018. 

After missing the first 57 games in 2017-18 with a right foot injury, Payne showed promise down the stretch upon returning. The Murray State alum set career-highs with 8.8 points and 4.5 assists with a 38.5 three-point percentage in 25 games. 

Payne finished last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers after being waived by the Bulls in January. He appeared in nine games for the Cavs, averaging 8.2 points and 2.6 assists per contest. 

The Raptors are currently set at point guard with Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet. Payne could start this season in the G League, though he also gives the team options if they want to explore trade possibilities for Lowry and VanVleet before their contracts expire at the end of next season.

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