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Updated: December 31st, 2012 11:51am
In search of healthy bodies, Timberwolves bring back Lazar Hayward

In search of healthy bodies, Timberwolves bring back Lazar Hayward

by Phil Mackey
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In need of a healthy wing player, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced the signing of small forward Lazar Hayward">Lazar Hayward on Monday.

Heyward, a first-round pick by the Washington Wizards in 2010, was originally acquired by the Wolves in a draft night trade. He played in 42 games that season, averaging 3.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in just under 11 minutes per game.

Heyward was later traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 13, 2011 for two future second-round draft picks.

After losing Chase Budinger and Brandon Roy to injuries, the Wolves filled the void by signing free agent Josh Howard, who averaged 6.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 11 games. Howard tore his ACL earlier this month and will miss the remainder of the season.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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