On Saturday night, the Chicago Bulls were part of three team trade that sent Jerian Grant to Orlando.
During the 2016 NBA draft, the Chicago Bulls traded Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks. Jerian Grant was part of that trade. Jerian Grant played two seasons for the Bulls and averaged 7.2 points, and 3.4 assists per game. He shot 41 percent from the field and 34 percent from the three point line. Grant mainly played the backup point guard position for the Bulls, but he did start a total of 54 games for the Bulls. It seems like Grant never got comfortable with the Bulls.
In the three team trade, the Bulls acquired guard Julyan Stone from Charlotte. Stone has been in the NBA for four seasons and has averaged 1.1 points, and 1.1 assists per game. Julyan Stone has a $1.65M non-guaranteed contract. Vincent Goodwill from NBC Sports Chicago reported that the Bulls will waive Julyan Stone before his contracted becomes guaranteed on August 1st.
Bobby Marks from ESPN noted that since the Bulls are going to waive Stone, the Bulls cap space will increase to $16 million room (if the Vonleh hold is released).
What does this trade mean for Cameron Payne? The Bulls are putting a lot of trust in Payne this upcoming season. The Bulls acquired Payne during the 2016-2017 season that sent Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott to the Thunder.
Cameron Payne only played in 11 games during the 2016-17 season, and averaged 4.9 points per game. Payne missed the first 58 games of last season due to recovering from a broken right foot. He played in 25 games last season for the Bulls and averaged 8.8 points and 4.5 assists per game.
Cameron Payne will now be the backup point guard for the Bulls and will get more minutes then he has ever gotten before in the NBA. When healthy, Payne can be a really solid backup point guard. The problem with Payne is staying healthy. The Bulls are putting a lot of trust in Payne that he can stay healthy, and that he contribute with the second group.