After playing with the Atlanta Hawks and Minnesota Timberwolves for the last three years, Adreian Payne is now calling the NBA’s G-League home.
According to the Orlando Magic, Payne, the former Michigan State star, will sign a two-way contract with the Magic and its G-League affiliate, the Lakeland Magic.
Payne expressed his gratitude to the Magic on Twitter after they announced the signing.
Thanks @OrlandoMagic for taking a chance on me I'm very grateful.
— Adreian Payne (@Adreian_Payne) August 21, 2017
Payne was a standout at Michigan State, playing for the Spartans from 2010-2014. He’s the Michigan State career leader in blocks, and is one of only nine players in Spartans history to record 1,200 career points and 700 career rebounds.
He led the Spartans to the Elite Eight in his senior season, where they lost to Duke, the eventual national champions. Payne averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in his senior season.
He was drafted No. 15 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks after graduating from Michigan State with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Payne has played in 102 career NBA regular season games in his career, starting 24. He’s spent most of his time in Minnesota after getting t0 Atlanta, has has career averages of 4.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in an average of 13.3 minutes per game.
He was sidelined indefinitely during the 2016-2017 NBA season after it was found he had a low platelet count, which prevents blood from clotting in the event of an injury.