If Payne misses an extended period, it would be a major blow to their backcourt rotation. No timetable for his return has been set, as Payne will see his attending physician and additional specialists this week to determine the next course of action, the team’s release added.
Payne underwent Jones fracture surgery to his right foot in July but recovered quickly and was cleared to practice when training camp opened. He went through full contact during Oklahoma City’s first two days of practice prior to the scrimmage.
The 14th overall pick in the 2015 draft averaged 5.0 points, 1.9 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 57 games during his rookie season. The team also has Ronnie Price and Semaj Christon as potential backups to starter Russell Westbrook, though Victor Oladipo could also see some action at the point.