Hayward didn't attend practice today which led to speculation that he may have been waived by the Wolves.
Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti says, "We are excited to be able to add Lazar to our organization. His toughness, length and shooting are attributes that'll add depth to our roster."
There's been some speculation by fans that this trade was to make room for a potential Jamal Crawford signing, however, that's not the case. It's to make room for newly acquired guard J.J. Barea. In fact, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune has said Crawford's agent has made it known that the Timberwolves are no longer "in the running" for his services. On a sidenote, the Pacers, Blazers, Kings & Knicks are all potential destinations for Jamal.
In this trade to OKC the TWolves also got guard Robert Vaden--who they waived immediately. With this trade and the J.J. Barea signing, the TWolves current roster sits at the max number of players: 15. As noted yesterday, the Timberwolves finalized deals for rookies Derrick Williams & Malcolm Lee late last week.
OTHER NOTES: Bonzi Wells finally got FIBA clearance to participate in training camp--today was his first day......Kevin Love injured his elbow in practice today, however Rick Adelman downplayed the seriousness of any injury.....J.J. Barea was flying to Minnesota late this afternoon and should be practicing with the Wolves in the next few days.....The Wolves also cut training camp invitees: Dominique Johnson & Shaun Pruitt.....And now for some Rick Adelman quotes following today's practice......RA on Wes: "we don't want him to be just a jump shooter...his attitude has been terrific".......RA on the team: "I like the willingness (of the players) to try to do the right thing, we're still throwing the ball away too many times".......RA on Malcolm Lee: "he's impressed all the coaches, he's a versatile player, tough defender".....Finally, Wes Johnson on the Wolves signing J.J. Barea: "That
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