Former Michigan State forward Adreian Payne has been sidelined indefinitely while being treated for a low platelet count, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced Tuesday.
In a news release, the Timberwolves said Payne is resting comfortably and is expected to fully recover and return to the court “when it is deemed safe.”
“Our primary concern is for the health of Adreian,” Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We look forward to him rejoining the team at the appropriate time.”
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Payne played at Michigan State for four years before graduating in 2014. As a senior, he averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds a game as the Spartans finished second in the Big Ten.
The Atlanta Hawks selected Payne No. 15 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft, then traded him to Minnesota early in his rookie seasons. In two-plus seasons with the Timberwolves, he has averaged 4.2 points per game.