Adreian Payne Net Worth – Is He Rich?
On Monday morning, former Michigan State basketball star Adreian Payne was tragically shot to death and the news has made headlines around the world. Many have speculated as to his net worth and whether or not he was wealthy.
Adreian Payne, born on February 19th 1991 and now 31 years old, has been a professional basketball player since 2014. Previously he played for the Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic before representing various European and Asian teams as well.
His first contract with an NBA team was with the Hawks in 2014, and he spent two years there before signing with Orlando in 2017. As a starter during his rookie season and reserve during his second, he averaged 4.2 points and 1.8 rebounds per game throughout his tenure in the league.
He was a star player on Michigan State’s Big Ten championship team in 2013-14 and earned second-team All-Big Ten honors his junior and senior seasons. In addition to helping Michigan State win the Big Ten tournament at Indianapolis, he also played an integral role in their NCAA tournament run which ended with an Elite Eight loss against Connecticut.
At Michigan State, Payne quickly gained notoriety for his friendship with an 8-year-old girl named Lacey Holsworth, who had recently been diagnosed with cancer. The two formed a close bond and became iconic figures on the court, holding each other during game or pregame rituals at MSU’s Breslin Center.
It is a testament to his character that even after leaving MSU, he was remembered for Lacey. In an interview with The Associated Press in October 2021, Payne expressed his attachment to Lacey: “I can’t bear to part with her.”
His passion for basketball was so great that he was driven to make an impact on the sport and chose professional play. In 2014, the Atlanta Hawks selected him 15th overall in the NBA draft and that proved to be a wise decision;
Spotrac records show he earned an average salary of $1,932,800 in 2014 and signed a three-year contract worth $5,816,400 to extend it. Additionally, he received a bonus of $500,000 for participating in the NBA playoffs. In addition, he earned additional bonuses of $3,500 for each EuroLeague game during 2017-18 season as well as $1,200 each of his two LNB Pro A games.
Payne was an accomplished athlete in the National Basketball Association, and his earnings allowed him to live a comfortable life. Although he kept his wealth private, friends and family members confirmed that he was well-off.