American pivot Adreian Payne, French champion with Asvel in 2019, shot dead at 31

Adreian Payne had left in France the image of a fantastic interior, bouncing, and above all decisive in the double Championship Cup won by Asvel in 2019 (11 points on average in the play-offs). Two years after leaving Villeurbanne, the American basketball player died suddenly on the night of Sunday to Monday, at the age of 31. According to the media Mlive, he was shot dead around 1:30 a.m. in Florida, according to Orange County police. The shooter was arrested on the spot.

This information confirms the tweet of an old partner of Adreian Payne, Jared Sullinger (ex-Boston Celtics). “Terribly shocked”, the Asvel club quickly cracked a message to pay tribute to the man who wore the Villeurbanna jersey from 2019 to 2020, also participating in the return of the Asvel in the Euroleague.

He had been without a club and had returned to the United States since February

Prior to his notable stint in France, Adreian Payne made his Michigan State University debut (from 2010 to 2014), which had the value of being drafted in the NBA in 15th place at the Hawks in Atlanta. L’intérieur then played in 107 NBA games from 2014 to 2018 with Atlanta, Minnesota and Orlando (4 points and 2.4 rebounds on average). He then moves on to Panathinaïkos Athènes before joining Tony Parker’s club.

On June 25, 2019, Adreian Payne won the French title in front of the Astroballe.
On June 25, 2019, Adreian Payne won the French title in front of the Astroballe. – AFP

After spinning in Ormanspor (Turkey) and Utena (Lithuania) in 2020, Adreian Payne has been without a club since February and was hired in the United States when he was hired last night in Florida.

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