Cameron Payne suffered another foot injury, making the Bulls’ trade for him look even worse.
And that’s when it was reported Payne would be sidelined until late November.
The post-surgery prognosis has him out even longer.
Injury Update: Cameron Payne underwent successful surgery on his right foot on Wed. Payne is expected to make a full return in 3-4 months. pic.twitter.com/b9IPnrQE0Y
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) September 8, 2017
That timeline would cause him to miss 23-40 games. That’s barely a problem for Chicago, which has Kris Dunn and Jerian Grant at point guard and is headed toward a high lottery seed regardless.
But this could significantly affect Payne, who faces a $3,263,294 team option for 2018-19. He hasn’t been the same since his foot injuries began, and the Bulls could decline the option. They’ll have until Oct. 31 to decide, but it doesn’t sound as if he’ll have much opportunity to sway them between now and then.