Payne finished with three rebounds and one steal across six minutes during Monday's 110-109 victory over the Trail Blazers.
Payne has only played in three games since being available to return from a blood disorder March 8. In those three games, he's averaged 2.7 points and 2.3 rebounds across 7.0 minutes per game. At this point in the season, it appears that the Timberwolves' rotation is mostly set in stone, only allowing Payne spotty minutes. He can safely be ignored in seemingly every fantasy format unless he starts garnering at least a consistent 15 to 20 minutes per night, which is doubtful.
Payne (illness) will be available to play in Wednesday's matchup with the Clippers.
Payne, who hasn't taken the court since the start of February, was cleared to practice in full Tuesday and is presumably back to full strength. However, he hasn't been a regular contributor this season even when healthy and is even more unlikely to garner much playing time now that he's coming off a prolonged absence.
Payne (illness) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's contest against the Clippers after being cleared to fully participate in practice Tuesday.
The Timberwolves were quick to upgrade Payne from out to questionable for Wednesday's game following the news that he was able to fully participate in Tuesday's practice after being sidelined since early February while fighting thrombocytopenia, a disorder related to low-platelet count in the bloodstream. Though he's healthy enough to practice in full, he'll likely need a few days to improve his conditioning before seeing the floor during a game. That being said, Payne isn't expected to be a regular part of the rotation moving forward, as he's averaged just 7.7 minutes per game in 12 appearances this season.
Payne (illness) has been cleared to fully participate in practices, Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports.
Payne has been sidelined with a low platelet count since Feb. 3, but has officially been cleared to fully participate in practice, which could give him an opportunity to play again this season. That being said, he wasn't a member of the Timberwolves' rotation prior to his illness, so his return likely won't shake things up too much.
Payne missed the last three games with an illness, but it appears there's something more serious at hand, as he's been diagnosed with thrombocytopenia, which means he's being treated for a low platelet count. We should see his status updated as he progresses in his treatment, but for now, he remains without any sort of timetable for a return. Payne held just a minor role off the bench, so his absence shouldn't cause a drastic change in the Timberwolves' regular rotation much.
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