To say that the Oklahoma City Thunder have had a rough offseason would be an understatement. They’ve had a borderline terrible one. And the recent news is bad.
The Thunder announced Thursday that second-year point guard Cameron Payne has suffered an acute fracture in his right foot. He’s out indefinitely.
Payne suffered the injury on a drive to the basket against Josh Huestis in the first half of the Thunder’s Blue and White Scrimmage on Tuesday at John Marshall High School. On the play, Payne’s foot hit the floor, causing the fracture.
The acute fracture is unrelated to the stress fracture Payne suffered during the season in that it’s an impact injury. Payne was not experiencing pain in the area prior to the scrimmage. While the injury is in the same metatarsal, it’s in an unrelated fracture site to the previous stress fracture.
Coming off an impressive stint during NBA Summer League this past offseason, this is terrible news for the young point guard. Perhaps even moreso for the Thunder, who had penciled in Payne as the backup point guard to Russell Westbrook.
Now, the Thunder are left with Ronnie Price as the only alternative point behind Westbrook. And that’s not the best of scenarios, especially if Payne misses any extended amount of time.
Payne appeared in 57 games last season for the Thunder, and 10 times in the playoffs, while averaging five points and two assists per game during the regular season. Though, his role was expected to expand with both Dion Waiters and Randy Foye moving on.
During this offseason, the Thunder have seen Kevin Durant join the Golden State Warriors, Mitch McGary get suspended and Payne suffer another foot injury.