UPDATE #2: The Hawks have announced the trade sending Adreian Payne to Minnesota for a future first round pick.
TRADE UPDATE: We have acquired a future first-round pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Adreian Payne.— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) February 10, 2015
UPDATE: Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports that the Hawks will receive a lottery-protected first round selection in the 2017 NBA Draft.
The Hawks are sending rookie Adreian Payne to the Timberwolves for a 2017 lottery-protected first round pick.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 10, 2015
In a move that seemingly emerged from nowhere, the Atlanta Hawks have reportedly traded 2014 first round pick Adreian Payne.
Hawks have traded Adreian Payne. Trying to get details. #ATLHawks— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) February 10, 2015
Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution initially reported that Payne was simply on the move, but moments later, he revealed additional details.
To sum up what I have: Hawks have traded Adreian Payne to T'Wolves for future first-round pick. More to come. #ATLHawks— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) February 10, 2015
Without a great deal of detail here, the Hawks could be opening a roster spot with this particular move. Payne has appeared in just three games (averaging 6.3 minutes per contest) as a rookie, and with Atlanta firmly in the championship discussion, the front office could be seeking flexibility with the roster.
Hawks pick from Timberwolves is from 2017-2020 protected 1-14. #ATLHawks— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) February 10, 2015
Additional details will follow, but with a move like this, both the return for Payne and any additional moves following the creation of a roster spot will be extremely important. Stay tuned.