And that’s when it was reported Payne would be sidelined until late November.
The post-surgery prognosis has him out even longer.
But this could significantly affect Payne, who faces a $3,263,294 team option for 2018-19. He hasn’t been the same since his foot injuries began, and the Bulls could decline the option. They’ll have until Oct. 31 to decide, but it doesn’t sound as if he’ll have much opportunity to sway them between now and then.