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Minnesota’s second trade of the day nets Payne

The Timberwolves have been busy today, making two trades in one day is a big deal. Making two trades in a matter of a few hours is even more unusual. Minnesota is finally getting a glimpse of what their franchise backcourt looks like as Ricky Rubio has returned to the court, finally getting a chance to play with this year’s first overall pick in Andrew Wiggins.

The trade was first reported by Chris Vivlamore of the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The first round selection in this year’s draft has only played in three games for the Hawks. Payne has spent most of his rookie year in the D League, the forward should be a good addition to the young Wolves team.

Minnesota gives up a future first round pick, so Atlanta at least has that in their favor. With the success they’ve had this season, their current first round picks won’t be too high.

The Wolves will be able to see if Payne can be the answer at power forward for them, they have two good bigs at center already. Payne gives them something they don’t have, a 6’10 stretch forward. It’ll definitely be interesting to see how this goes, he should definitely have an opportunity to get minutes that weren’t available to him in Atlanta. The Michigan State product is definitely in a better place in terms of opportunity, it’s up to him if he seizes it or not.

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