PORTLAND, Ore. — The Cleveland Cavaliers signed point guard Cameron Payne to a second 10-day contract late Tuesday night.
Payne, who inked his first 10-day deal on Jan. 6, has impressed the organization — and head coach Larry Drew specifically — during his first four games.
“I didn’t know a whole lot about Cam,” Drew said Wednesday. “But he has really surprised me. There’s things about his game that I didn’t know he had. He’s a tremendous competitor. He doesn’t shy away, he doesn’t back down from the competition and he’s not afraid to take the shot. He’s done a really good job and picked things up quickly too, which is a big plus. I’m really pleased with how he’s playing.”
Payne is averaging 8.8 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and 2.8 assists in 17.7 minutes. Before joining the Cavs, Payne played in 31 games with Chicago, averaging 5.7 points and 2.7 assists in 17.3 minutes.
By rule, this is the final 10-day contract the Cavs can give Payne. When it expires on Jan. 26, the Cavs could try to sign Payne to the minimum for the remainder of the season. If they really like what he brings in this next stint and believe he can be part of the team’s future, then they could use some of their remaining midlevel exception to sign him to a longer deal. Or the Cavs could cut him loose, leaving the final roster spot open once again.
Payne participated in the team’s Wednesday morning shootaround in Portland and is expected to see minutes off the bench, especially with David Nwaba still sidelined because of a sprained ankle.