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The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly “kicking the tires” on doubtlessly signing free-agent level guard Cameron Payne.
Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness Information reported the Wolves haven’t given Payne a contract provide regardless of their curiosity. Payne turned a free agent earlier this month after securing his launch from the San Antonio Spurs.
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San Antonio can pay Payne $6.5 million for the 2023-24 season, so he’ll doubtless be accessible on the veteran’s minimal.
The eight-year veteran spent the earlier 4 seasons with the Phoenix Suns. He averaged 10.3 factors and 4.5 assists per recreation whereas taking pictures 41.5 % from the sphere final season.
The Suns traded Payne to San Antonio in a wage dump in July. With San Antonio within the midst of a rebuild, the workforce granted Payne his launch so he might discover a higher position for a playoff contender.
The Wolves are in determined want of a top quality backup level guard behind Mike Conley. Jordan McLaughlin is at present slated for the position, with Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Shake Milton additionally doubtlessly sliding in. None of these three gamers present true confidence from the backup spot, so signing a participant like Payne earlier than coaching camp would make sense.
Kendrick Nunn, Ish Smith and George Hill are among the many different noteworthy free brokers on the level guard spot.