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Updated: January 6th, 2013 3:37pm
Lazar Hayward makes quick exit from Wolves, waived after two games

Lazar Hayward makes quick exit from Wolves, waived after two games

by Judd Zulgad
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Lazar Hayward">Lazar Hayward's second stay with the Minnesota Timberwolves proved to be a short one.

The forward was waived by the Wolves on sunday after being signed as a free agent on Dec. 31. He appeared in only two games for the Wolves and had two points, two assists and one rebound in 12 minutes.

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.

The Wolves got more bad news on Saturday when they announced that forward Kevin Love suffered a re-fracture of his third metacarpal in his right hand during Thursday's game against the Denver Nuggets.

Love will be examined by hand specialist Andy Weiland in New York later this week. A time table for his return is currently unknown.

Love -- who has mostly struggled since returning early on Nov. 21 from initially fracturing his hand before the season -- left Thursday's game early with what the team described as a sprained finger.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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