CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed point guard Cameron Payne to a 10-day contract, a league source told cleveland.com.
To make room for Payne, the Cavs waived swingman Patrick McCaw before his contract became guaranteed for the remainder of the season on Monday.
Payne, the 14th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, was waived by the Chicago Bulls on Thursday. He cleared waivers, became an unrestricted free agent and the Cavs signed him Sunday evening.
According to a source, the Cavs, who have numerous wings on the roster already, felt they needed an extra ball handler.
Backup point guard Matthew Dellavedova has missed two straight games because of a sore foot and his status for Tuesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers is still unclear. Dellavedova also battled multiple injuries, including a severe ankle sprain, during his time in Milwaukee.
Rookie Collin Sexton has logged at least 30 minutes in five of the last seven games and is struggling at both ends during Cleveland’s nine-game losing skid. Payne will help take some of the responsibility and pressure off Sexton, who was part of the starting group benched early in the third quarter of Saturday’s blowout loss against the New Orleans Pelicans.
At the time the Cavs signed Patrick McCaw to an offer sheet, they first scoured the G League and waiver wire for players that could be inked to 10-day deals. They ultimately decided that no one available at the time had the same NBA experience, talent and upside as McCaw.
Payne, of course, wasn’t available then, getting released by the Bulls after they acquired MarShon Brooks and Wayne Selden Jr. in a recent trade with Memphis.
Payne played 31 games with the Bulls this season, averaging 5.7 points to go with 2.7 assists. He was released after the Bulls.
He holds career averages of 5.8 points and 2.5 assists in 15.8 minutes.