Adreian DeAngleo Payne (born February 19, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Michigan State University.
On June 26, 2014, Payne was selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks. On July 25, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Hawks after averaging 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds during the 2014 NBA Summer League. After managing five preseason games for the Hawks, he was ruled out for the start of the regular season with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He subsequently missed the first ten games of the season with the injury, and upon his return, he was assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League on November 20. He was recalled by the Hawks on November 23, reassigned on November 28, and recalled again on December 6.
On February 10, 2015, Payne was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for a protected future first-round pick. On March 9, 2015, while starting in place of Kevin Garnett, he had a season-best game with 16 points and 15 rebounds in an 89–76 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
On October 21, 2015, the Timberwolves exercised their third-year team option on Payne’s rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2016–17 season. On January 25, 2016, using the flexible assignment rule, he was assigned to the Erie BayHawks, the D-League affiliate of the Orlando Magic. He was recalled by the Timberwolves on February 1.
Career highlights and awards
2× Second-team All-Big Ten (2013, 2014)
Fourth-team Parade All-American (2010)