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Possible lottery pick Cameron Payne fractures finger during pre-draft workout in Denver

Cameron Payne

Cameron Payne

AP

Murray State guard Cameron Payne has been one of the fastest risers on draft boards around the league in recent weeks, with the conventional wisdom being that he’s a likely lottery pick who could possibly wind up in the top 10 of Thursday’s draft. Unfortunately, Payne suffered a setback on Monday during a workout in Denver, according to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express. Payne fractured the ring finger on his left (non-shooting) hand, and his agent tells Givony that the injury isn’t serious:

After seeing a hand specialist in New York, it was determined that Payne suffered a clean fracture which will not require surgery, and will sit out the next three weeks as a precautionary measure. His hand is currently in a splint, not a cast. “Cam continued to work out even after suffering the injury in Denver, and he could probably play in a meaningful game tomorrow if he needed to,” his agent Travis King told us, adding that the precise timetable for his return will be set after an additional visit with a specialist next week.

It sounds like this injury isn’t as bad as it could have been, and shouldn’t affect his draft stock that much if at all.