Wolves trade Lazar Hayward to OKC for picks
- Blog Post by: Jerry Zgoda
- December 13, 2011 - 6:50 PM
That crowded roster problem the Wolves had after they struck a deal with J.J. Barea isn't quite so crowded anymore.
The Wolves are back to the limit of 15 players now that they've traded Lazar Hayward to Oklahoma City for two second-round picks.
They also acquired guard Robert Vaden and immediately waived him.
Hayward, a 6-5 swingman from Marquette, was the last player taken (30th overall) in the 2010 draft's first round.
Then coach Kurt Rambis was impressed with his shooting during pre-draft workout, but he never really found his position last season and clearly was the odd-man out after the Wolves targeted Barea in free agency.
The Wolves will have to make another move if they sign another free agent such as Jamal Crawford (still a bit of a long shot) or sign a training-camp invitee such as Bonzi Wells or Devean George.
Thunder GM Sam Presti is known for a pretty keen eye for talent and in a released statement he said the team liked him in last year's draft.
He also said Hayward is a player his scouting staff "identified as a potential fit for the culture and identity that we are continuing to build in Oklahoma City. His toughness, length and shooting are attributes that will add depth to our roster while while his professionalism and competitiveness embody the intangibles that we value as an organization."
Earlier on Tuesday, as Kent posted a few hours ago, the Wolves waived free agents Dominique Johnson and Shaun Pruitt.
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