Cameron Payne, in speaking to the media via. Zoom call about his joining the Suns said, "Just the fact that I got this opportunity, man it’s a blessing, I just want to thank God for one. And for two, I’m just ready to play.” Payne has occupied the Suns long open 15th roster spot and will look to compete for the primary back-up role to Ricky Rubio. (Dave King on Twitter)
Before joining the Suns, Payne spent this past season playing in China and then the G-League. The close relationship he shares with coach Monty Williams should bode well for his integration into the team and their system. In speaking about his journey, he said, “I’ve matured more, so I feel I can bring a great amount of consistency to the team and do whatever coach needs me to do. I’m a dog, I’m a road warrior, so anything that’s asked I am gonna go get it done.” The competition brewing for the back-up role amongst Payne, Elie Okobo, Jevon Carter, and Ty Jerome should be a good one. In his 31 games played for the Bulls during the 2018-19 season, he averaged 17.3 minutes of playing time, 5.7 points, 1.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and .6 steals. The potential value that could be realized from this roster move could benefit anyone playing in a deep-league format. As of now, it would be best to take a wait-and-see approach.