Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Cameron Payne suffered an acute fracture in his right foot during the team’s blue-and-white scrimmage on Tuesday, according to beat writer Erik Horne.
Specifically, the fracture is in Payne’s fifth metatarsal.
The up-and-comer endured a stress fracture in the same area last season and actually underwent surgery on his right foot on July 25, but, fortunately, the injuries are unrelated. Oklahoma City was hoping that Payne would be ready for training camp and the start of the preseason after his surgery two months ago, but then, he was injured in this scrimmage, which throws a bit of a wrench into things.
The 22-year-old incurred the injury when he drove to the basket and landed awkwardly on his right foot. There is no current timetable for his return at this time, and it remains unknown as to whether or not he will join the Thunder in Spain for their first two preseason games.
Payne, who played his collegiate basketball at Murray State, was selected by the Thunder in the first-round (14th pick overall) of the 2015 NBA Draft. He played only sparingly as a rookie, appearing in 57 contests and taking the floor for 12.2 minutes per game. He averaged five points off of 41 percent shooting, hitting on 32.4 percent of his three-point attempts.
Health permitting, Payne is expected to have a larger role this coming season. He will be battling with Ronnie Price for minutes with the second unit, backing up what should be a dynamic backcourt of Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo.