The Milwaukee Bucks and Cam Payne agreed to a one-year deal Sunday, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Payne will likely provide cover for Damian Lillard, the Bucks’ marquee acquisition of the offseason. Milwaukee won the prolonged Lillard sweepstakes Wednesday, prying him from the Portland Trail Blazers as part of a three-team blockbuster deal involving Payne’s former club, the Phoenix Suns.
Payne spent the last four seasons with the Suns before being traded to the San Antonio Spurs in July. He was waived last month.
In 48 games last season, Payne made 15 starts and averaged 10.3 points and 4.5 assists while playing 20.2 minutes per contest. The 29-year-old frequently served as backup for 12-time All-Star Chris Paul, who joined the Golden State Warriors this past summer.
Payne’s addition removes a possible reserve option at guard for the Boston Celtics, who snagged two-way guard Jrue Holiday from the Trail Blazers earlier Sunday. That trade cost Boston veteran ball-handler Malcolm Brogdon, potentially leaving them light in the backcourt behind Holiday, Derrick White, and Payton Pritchard.
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