T’Wolves To Audition Lazar Hayward

December 21 2012 at 8:41am CST By Zach Links

Forward Lazar Hayward is in Minnesota today for a workout with the Timberwolves, a source tells Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN (on Twitter).  It’s not yet known if Hayward will be working out solo or against competition (Twitter link).

Minnesota is looking to bolster their bench after Josh Howard tore his ACL and was subsequently waived.  After hearing the news of Howard’s injury, head coach Rick Adelman told reporters that the team is now in need of a back up small forward who is capable of guarding wing players.  Howard gave the T’Wolves some solid production, averaging 6.7 PPG, 3.3 RPG, and nearly 1 steal per game in 18.8 MPG.

Whoever the Wolves sign to fill the roster spot won’t receive a guaranteed deal, according to Wolfson (on Twitter).  That makes a free agent such as Michael Redd unrealistic, as he won’t sign a non-guaranteed contract (Twitter link).

Hayward, 25, was released by the Rockets prior to the start of the season.  The forward has appeared in 68 total games for the Timberwolves and Thunder since being drafted 30th overall in 2010.

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