Cameron Payne’s time with the Cavaliers is at an end.
Payne was at the end of second of 10-day deal with the Cavaliers, meaning the team had to let him go or or sign him for the rest of the season. By letting him go, Cleveland maintains an open roster spot ahead of the Feb. 7 trade deadline.
Payne confirmed his time with the Cavs was done to cleveland.com after the game. Chris Fedor also reported that the team was likely to sign another player to a 10-day deal.
“I feel really good about how I played here,” Payne said, per cleveland.com. “It’s understandable that they want the roster spot.”
Payne averaged 8.2 points and 2.6 assists in nine games with the Cavs. And while he did play better than expected with Cleveland, there was no need to tie up a roster spot for him now. On Friday in the team’s loss to the Heat, two-way player Deng Adel filled some of the minutes Payne had been filling.