According to Chris Vivlamore of the AJC, the Atlanta Hawks have traded the 15th overall pick in the 2014 draft, Adreian Payne, to Minnesota for a first-round pick:
Hawks have traded Adreian Payne. Trying to get details. #ATLHawks
— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) February 10, 2015
Payne, who played four seasons at Michigan State, only got on the floor for 19 total minutes this season in three games. He averaged 1.7 points while on the floor for the Hawks, and spent most of this season in the D-League. In the D-League, he averaged 13 points, eight rebounds, and two assists per game playing with Austin and Fort Worth.
With Paul Millsap, Mike Scott, and Elton Brand on the roster, there was really no chance for Payne to get meaningful playing time. He is a versatile power forward that fit the system, but Atlanta felt getting a future pick for him was the best option.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the first-round pick will come in 2017:
Minnesota will likely send a 2017 first-round pick to Atlanta in the Adreian Payne deal, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 10, 2015
The Hawks now have an open roster spot, and according to Woj it could be used on Ray Allen or Gary Neal if Neal is bought out in Minnesota. Stay tuned as more details start to emerge.