CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cameron Payne’s time with the Cleveland Cavaliers has ended.
Payne’s second 10-day contract expired on Friday night, leaving the Cavs with the choice to move on or sign the 24-year-old point guard to a contract for the remainder of the season.
A league source told cleveland.com the front office made the decision to let him go, valuing roster flexibility heading into the trade deadline on Feb. 7.
Payne confirmed the team’s decision following Cleveland’s 100-94 loss to the Heat.
“I feel really good about how I played here,” Payne told cleveland.com. “It’s understandable that they want the roster spot.”
In the short term, the Cavs will have one open roster spot, which has been filled by multiple players throughout the season. Sources said the team will most likely sign another player to a 10-day contract to help with depth during next week’s three-game homestand that begins Tuesday.
Payne, a 2015 first-round pick of the Oklahoma City Thunder, was with the Cavs for 10 games after initially signing on Jan. 6.
He impressed in his short stint and earned head coach Larry Drew’s praise for his playmaking, energy and scoring punch off the bench. In need of that extra ball-handler, the Cavs gave Payne a second 10-day deal ahead of the Jan. 16 game in Portland.
Payne averaged 6.3 points on 49.1 percent from the field and 36.0 percent from 3-point range to go with 2.7 assists.