Adreian Payne was a total nonfactor for the Hawks after he became their No. 15 pick in last year's draft, but the Timberwolves still saw enough in him to move a future first-round pick to acquire him at the deadline. Payne ended up playing 24.8 minutues per game for the Wolves after the trade, but averaged just 7.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, so it's hard to get too excited. With Kevin Garnett, Gorgui Dieng and No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns on the roster, playing time will probably be pretty hard to come by for Payne at first. He has little use in yearly leagues, and it is hard to be too excited about his future in dynasty leagues either.
Payne saw just 9.3 minutes per game in 2015, after averaging 24.8 minutes to conclude the 2014 campaign. The Wolves traded for Payne amidst the 2014 season, and the big man finished said campaign averaging 7.2 points and 5.4 boards across 24.8 minutes per game. However, Minnesota's drafting of C Karl-Anthony Towns this past summer left Payne without much playing time in 2015. Under interim HC Sam Mitchell, Payne saw just 9.3 minutes per game en route to averages of 2.5 points and 2.1 rebounds. Fortunately for Payne, the Wolves hired coach Tom Thibodeau to lead their squad for the foreseeable future. Thibodeau has a similar coaching style to that of Payne's coach in college, Tom Izzo, leaving it not too farfetched to think the big man could carve out a sizable role off the bench for Minnesota in 2016. Granted, if the Wolves were to draft another big man this offseason, Payne could alternatively see his role reduced even further.
Payne recorded seven points, four rebounds, and three steals in Monday's 129-105 loss to the Rockets. Payne took full advantage during his nine minutes of playing time after not seeing any action in the Timberwolves' previous game. The second-year player took six shots from the field and went 3-6 at the free-throw line. His three steals were a career-high.
Payne went scoreless (0-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt) but produced four rebounds and four assists in 11 minutes during the Timberwolves' 99-79 loss to the Clippers on Wednesday. Payne had not played in the five previous games, but matched his career high with four dimes on Wednesday. Still, it was the blowout nature of the contest that allowed Payne minutes, and he is not worth rostering in fantasy.
Payne provided seven points (2-6 FG, 3-4 FT) and eight rebounds across 21 minutes during the Mavericks' 128-101 loss to the Mavericks on Sunday. Payne hadn't scored seven or more points in a game since back on Dec. 28, and his eight rebounds were a season-high. He averaged 2.5 points and 3.1 rebounds in 11 minutes per game during February, and even those were the best numbers he has been able to muster up since November.
Payne had three rebounds but did not score in ten minutes in Friday's loss to Memphis. It looks like Payne will get some playing time off the bench with Kevin Garnett and Nemanja Bjelica out with injuries. However, he's not likely to get much more than ten minutes and won't take many shots (just one field goal attempt on Friday).
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