TheJordanRule wrote:Those of you, like ArtMorte, who thought it would be best to keep him have been undeniably proven right by time. On the other hand, Cam Payne’s ascent may have been aided by things like mentorship from Chris Paul, a more clearly defined role with his new team, and playing time he wouldn’t have received with us. It’s fun to wonder what Cam Payne would have looked like on our roster, but I’m not grieving over his loss because he looked like such trash here most of the time.
It may also be aided by Cam Payne needing to grind due to disappointment and having his career in the NBA in jeopardy.
It's not like Cam Payne is a superstar now either, through whatever life lessons he's learned, he's developed into a solid backup PG who will probably stick in the league for awhile and has good value. Almost every team probably had 3-5 guys at any point in time that were on their roster as a 10-15 guy that they moved on from that elevated themselves into a 5-10 guy later with someone else because they worked hard / got a different opportunity.
You simply can't spend your life worrying about all the guys who eventually get better somewhere else. If you have a ton of young guys that's just going to happen.
Payne will be a FA this summer and sign a market value deal, at which point, will you still care about Cam Payne if he's making 4/60 or 4/40 or whatever market value is? Probably not.