Suns add former lottery pick Payne to roster

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The Phoenix Suns made an addition to their roster on Tuesday ahead of traveling to Orlando for the resumption of the NBA season next week.

Phoenix, which had an open roster spot, added guard Cameron Payne to its roster. Payne, who was the 14th pick in the 2015 NBA draft, has yet to play in the league this season.

Instead, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard briefly played in the Chinese Basketball Association before joining the Texas Legends in the G-League. With the Legends, Payne averaged 23.2 points, 8.1 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game in 15 games.

After being drafted by Oklahoma City in 2015, Payne also spent time with Chicago and played in nine games with Cleveland in 2018-19 as well.

In 153 career games, Payne is averaging 6.0 points, 2.6 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game.

Payne, who was picked between new teammates Devin Booker and Kelly Oubre in the 2015 Draft, fills the Suns’ last roster spot heading into Orlando. The team still has one open two-way slot available.

Phoenix opens play in Orlando against the Washington Wizards on July 31. The Suns are six games back of Memphis for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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