Cameron Payne
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Cameron Payne Is Going Nowhere

Cameron Payne is staying in the Valley. Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes has reported that the Phoenix Suns’ backup point guard has agreed to a three-year, $19 million extension with the Western Conference Champions. He excelled for the Suns during Chris Paul’s extended absence in the 2021 playoffs. With playmaking and perimeter shooting abilities, the former journeyman looks to be a key figure off Monty Williams’ bench moving forward. He ran the offense incredibly well alongside Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, and others. While it was a relatively small sample size, this deal looks to be of great help on both sides. The Suns have locked up their best guard off the bench at a fairly small cap hit. The player has some decent terms and a true identity on this roster.

Looking Ahead

It is also increasingly apparent that the Suns want to run it back. With both Payne and Chris Paul returning, they look built to contend in 2022 and beyond. The next orders of business for the Phoenix front office come in the form of their young core. Both Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges had considerable development in their third seasons. The duo is certainly looking for a pay raise to reflect their new level of play. While Payne had a very good showing in the 2021 playoffs, it would be foolish to assume his strong play could continue without such well-rounded teammates. If owner Robert Sarver is willing to dip into the luxury tax, the Suns could be shining bright for years to come. Keeping this core together should be a priority for all levels of the team.

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