Magic reportedly near deal with Payne

Adreian Payne may join the Magic before the start of the season.

Free agent power forward Adreian Payne is nearing a contract agreement with the Orlando Magic, according to a report from international basketball journalist David Pick.

Payne is a 6-foot-10 power forward and entering his fourth NBA season. Most of his first three were spent with the Minnesota Timberwolves, after Payne was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the No. 15 overall selection in 2014.

He averaged 3.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in just 18 games last season with Minnesota.

According to Pick, Payne has turned down a $900,000 offer to play in China.