They will start an important week in Toronto Tuesday night without Payne, who’s being consigned to their Windy City Bulls D-League team for at least a few days.
Payne, acquired from the Thunder on Feb. 23, has missed the last three games with a troubling, surgically-repaired sore foot.
“We’re going to send Cam down to the D League,” coach Fred Hoiberg said after pracice Monday. “He’s going to practice this afternoon and then he’ll play in tomorrow’s game. And then the plan is to see how things go with the game, practice with Windy City again on Wednesday and then play in the game on Thursday as well.”
How much of this is a rehab, and how much is a reassignment in which Payne, who hasn’t dazzled in Chicago, needs to state his NBA credentials? The evidence leans heavily toward the latter.
In nine games with the Bulls since the trade that sent Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott to Oklahoma …
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