Spurs Waive Veteran PG Cameron Payne

Cameron Payne at the ESPY Awards in 2016
Cameron Payne at the ESPY Awards in 2016. Photo by Brian To/Shutterstock (5765165he)

The San Antonio Spurs are waiving veteran point guard Cameron Payne, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Payne isn’t a great fit for a rebuilding Spurs team and reportedly wants to play a larger role on a contending team.

The Spurs acquired Payne in a trade with the Phoenix Suns back in July. However, San Antonio never actually had an interest in keeping the 29-year-old player around, considering they have plenty of young guards who need minutes.

Payne is expected to clear waivers and attract interest from a number of playoff teams that are looking to get a quality backup point guard. The list of his potential suitors includes the Milwaukee Bucks, the Boston Celtics, and the Miami Heat.

Cameron Payne spent the last four seasons with the Suns, establishing himself as a valuable role player. He played 48 games in 2022-23 as he dealt with injuries and averaged 10.3 points and 4.5 assists. He was also solid in the playoffs, putting together a huge performance in Game 6 of the Western Conference semi-finals against the Denver Nuggets, in which he scored 31 points.

Payne previously also played with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Chicago Bulls, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. His career averages in the NBA include 8.0 points, 3.4 assists, and 2.2 rebounds.

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