David Nwaba

Cameron Payne could be out longer than expected following successful foot surgery

Cameron Payne could be out longer than expected following successful foot surgery

The Bulls announced point guard Cameron Payne underwent successul surgery on his right food on Friday. That was expected.

The news coming from that announcement is that Payne "is expected to make a full return in 3-4 months," according to the release, which is longer than initially expected.

The Vertical's Shams Charania first reported the news on Aug. 30 that Payne would be sidelined until late November after the surgery.

ESPN's Nick Friedell confirmed the report, saying Payne would miss "at least a couple months."

A "full return" would put Payne back on the floor with the Bulls during the second week of December, with the backend of that timeframe coming in early January, almost halfway through the regular season. He'll be in a spint the next 7 to 10 days, followed by a boot for 6 to 8 weeks, per the release.

The Bulls could also work back Payne slowly given the current state of the franchise, where losing games could benefit them in the long-term more than short-term wins. Payne also broke the foot twice last season, and a screw was inserted into the foot the second time.

Zach LaVine, the key piece of the Jimmy Butler trade in June, is battling back from ACL surgery. There's no timetable for his return to the floor, but it's certainly possible that the Bulls hold him out a little longer to make sure there's no chance of a re-injury.

Kris Dunn, another piece in the Butler deal, is expected to start at point guard. Jerian Grant will back him up, while David Nwaba could see more time in Payne's absence as the third point guard.

Bulls take another shot at a player with upside

Bulls take another shot at a player with upside

The Bulls continue to add young players to the team's backcourt.

After signing Antonio Blakeney to a two-way contract as a result of his strong play with the Bulls summer league team, the Bulls have added former Lakers guard David Nwaba.

Nwaba was waived by the Lakers two days ago, but the Bulls have swooped in to add the 24-year-old guard.

Nwaba's didn't take a traditional path to the NBA. The Los Angeles native intially headed to Division II Hawaii Pacific, but redshirted and then transferred to Santa Monica College. After a standout year in JuCo ball, Nwaba wound up at Cal Poly, where he averaged double figure scoring for three years.

He went undrafted after that, but found a spot in the D-League. The Lakers gave him a 10-day contract in February and he stuck for the rest of the season. Nwaba averaged six points per game in just under 20 minutes per game. He played 20 games with the Lakers.

In his report on the move, The Vertical's Shams Charania said the Lakers waived him to free salary space in order to sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Nwaba is known as an athletic guard who is a good defender. He has upside and the Bulls may be in a position to give him a chance to play while the team moves to rebuilding mode this year.