The Chicago Bulls made only one major trade at the deadline, dealing veteran big man Taj Gibson and young forward Doug McDermott to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for guards Cameron Payne and Anthony Morrow, and forward Joffrey Lauvergne.
The only way this trade could end up looking good for the Bulls is if Payne develops into a serviceable starting point guard for the future. So far, that hasn’t worked out great as the second-year guard has struggled to stay in the rotation.
Now, the Bulls are making a move to get Payne a better opportunity to develop by sending him to Chicago’s D-League affiliate the Windy City Bulls.
Plan is for Cameron Payne to play for Windy City Bulls on Tue and Thu this week. #WCBulls also just added (brief) ex-Bull Cartier Martin.
— Mike McGraw (@McGrawDHBulls) March 20, 2017
Payne has only played in 29 games this season after missing a significant chunk of time with a broken bone in his right foot.
In the nine games Payne has played with Chicago, he has averaged 6.0 points, 1.7 assists, and 1.6 rebounds while playing 15.3 minutes per game over nine games.
The former Thunder guard is in a difficult position, competing for minutes with other point guards Rajon Rondo, Michael Carter-Williams, and Jerian Grant, who all have more experience in coach Fred Hoiberg’s system than Payne.