Payne, 25, has played four NBA seasons with Oklahoma City, Chicago, and Cleveland since being selected 14th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft. The 6-3, 190-pound guard has spent the 2019-20 season with the Texas Legends of the NBA G League, averaging 23.2 points on 48.3% shooting, 8.1 assists, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.3 steals in 15 games since making his season debut on January 26. Payne was named NBA G League Player of the Week on March 2 after guiding the Legends to a 3-0 week, including career highs of 19 assists and 10 rebounds plus 18 points to record a triple-double in a win over the NAZ Suns. Payne scored a career-high 43 points in a win over Iowa on February 8.
Originally the 14th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft out of Murray State, Payne was selected directly between his now teammates Devin Booker and Kelly Oubre Jr. He holds career averages of 6.0 points and 2.5 assists over 16.0 minutes in 153 career regular-season games, making 11 post-season appearances with the Thunder and Bulls.