Jun 26, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Adreian Payne (Michigan State) gets a hug from NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number fifteen overall pick to the Atlanta Hawks in the 2014 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Hawks Officially Sign First-Round Draft Pick Adreian Payne

The Atlanta Hawks have officially signed Adreian Payne after selecting him 15th overall in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft last month.

Payne played four years at Michigan State under coach Tom Izzo, and averaged 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.9 blocks in his senior season.

After having a pretty strong Summer League showcase with averages of 12.5 points and seven rebounds in six games, the Hawks have finally signed their first-round selection.

The team announced the move today, however the contract terms were not released.

Although, we do know that first-round picks have a slotted salary, and that isn’t negotiable. According to Basketball Insiders’ NBA Rookie Salary Scale, the 15th pick will make $1,546,100 in his first season, $1,615,700 in his second, and $1,685,200 in his final guaranteed season.

Payne is a 6’10” power forward who can stretch the floor with his three-point shooting and should fit into the Hawks’ system quite nicely.

After Atlanta brought back Shelvin Mack on a three-year deal earlier today, they now have 13 players under contract. They have also already agreed to a deal with Kent Bazemore, though the signing has not yet been made official, which means they have one more roster spot open.

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