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Thunder guard Cameron Payne pursues non-surgical route to repair broken right foot

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Cameron Payne has suffered two fractures in his right foot, but has elected to not pursue surgery to repair the second fracture at this time.

NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder-Media Day Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Cameron Payne was expected to play a key role on this Oklahoma City Thunder team but that got derailed over the summer when GM Sam Presti announced that Payne had undergone surgery to repair a jones fracture similar to what Kevin Durant had 2 years earlier (cosmic coincidence: KD’s jones fracture was the sole reason OKC was even able to draft Payne in the lottery after the season was over). Payne however suffered another setback when he fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot on Sep. 27 during OKC’s annual Blue-White scrimmage. Given the seriousness that OKC should be treating these kinds of foot injuries, it is surprising that Payne will apparently not be undergoing surgery to repair this second injury.

It was reported from Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript that Payne will forgo immediate surgery but instead is pursuing a non-surgical path:

"Over the last several days, Cameron has had consultations with multiple specialists to determine the best course of action to treat his right foot injury," Presti's statement reads. "Based on these consultations and the options provided, Cameron has chosen to pursue a non-surgical route provided by the physicians that is intended to ideally allow the bone to heal on its own and avoid surgery.

"Cameron, his representatives, and the Thunder fully understand that if the bone is not healing appropriately, or if at any point there is a setback in his return to play, surgery may still be required. He will be re-evaluated in 6-8 weeks."

Based on those numbers he is expected to miss at least the first 11 to 19 games of the season and maybe even more, with the possibility remaining that he may still need surgery in 2 months.