Welcome back to the Twin Cities, Lazar Hayward.
Two years removed from making his professional debut with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Hayward, the second all-time leading scorer in Marquette history (1,859 points), signed with the club on Monday, the team announced.
The 6’6”, 225-pound Hayward, who was selected by the Washington Wizards with the 30th overall selection in the 2010 NBA draft before his rights were traded to Minnesota, was a free agent after being waived by the Houston Rockets shortly before the start of the 2012-13 season.
A 2010 Honorable Mention All-America selection, Hayward was a reserve on the Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder this past season, in which the Buffalo, N.Y. native saw action in 26 games and put forth per games averages of 1.4 points and 0.6 rebounds.
Minnesota, currently eighth in the Western Conference with a 14-13 record entering Monday, have been plagued by injuries this season and are currently without the services of Chase Budinger, Malcolm Lee and Brandon Roy—all of whom are either a shooting guard or small forward.
Hayward, who played in a Marquette-record 138 games and graduated fifth in school history with 910 rebounds, holds career averages 2.9 points and 1.3 rebounds, while shooting 35.4 percent from the field. In his first stint with Minnesota, Hayward saw action in 42 games and averaged 3.8 points and 10.0 minutes per outing.