Cameron Payne suffered a non-displaced fracture in the ring finger of his right (off) hand in a workout in Denver on Monday. After seeing a hand specialist in New York, it was determined that Payne suffered a clean fracture which will not require surgery, and will sit out the next three weeks as a precautionary measure. His hand is currently in a splint, not a cast. Cam continued to work out even after suffering the injury in Denver, and he could probably play in a meaningful game tomorrow if he needed to, his agent Travis King told us, adding that the precise timetable for his return will be set after an additional visit with a specialist next week.
Payne completed his workout schedule with his visit to Denver and was not planning on traveling to see any more NBA teams. Teams he already worked out for (besides the Nuggets) include the Los Angeles Lakers, the Sacramento Kings and the Indiana Pacers. He has also visited the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Utah Jazz and the Boston Celtics so far, but did not conduct a workout there. According to Payne's camp, he has received strong indications that will be the third point guard drafted next Thursday, and had already received his invitation to the NBA Green Room prior to the setback in Denver. He is planning on attending the draft.
His status for summer league will be determined by the doctor's timetable, as well as which team drafts him. The Vegas Summer league ends on July 20th, giving him ample time to return if needed.
Cameron Payne DraftExpress Content:
-Scouting Report and Video Analysis
-Workout Footage from IMG Academy with Payne Commentary
-Seven minute interview from IMG