The Oklahoma City Thunder have acquired Lazar Hayward from the Minnesota Timberwolves for two conditional second-round draft picks and guard Robert Vaden. For those who care, the Timberwolves immediately waived Vaden.
“We are excited to be able to add Lazar to our organization,” Sam Presti said in a release. “Lazar is someone who we followed closely through the draft process and 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 his professionalism and competitiveness embody the intangibles that we value as an organization.”
Hayward was a good college player out of Marquette. He was drafted as the 30th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Last season with Minnesota, he averaged 3.8 points and 1.6 rebounds in 42 games.
Hayward was known as a defensive liability his first year in the league. Some considered Hayward the worst defender on an already bad defensive team in Minnesota. Hopefully with some great coaching by Brooks and his staff, he can improve .
Hayward is guaranteed 1.1 million dollars this season and 1.18 million next season. Along with a 2.1 million dollar team option in 2013.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Don't forget to subsribe on Youtube! Our Podcast is on iTunes and on Stitcher. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!