The Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday traded forward Lazar Hayward to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for a 2012 second-round NBA draft pick, a future conditional second-round pick and guard Robert Vaden. In an odd twist, Vaden was subsequently waived by the Wolves upon completion of the trade.
The Timberwolves acquired the rights to Hayward in a draft-day trade with the Washington Wizards on June 24, 2010. Hayward was the 30th overall pick in that draft.
During his first season with Minnesota, Hayward averaged 3.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in 42 games. Vaden was chosen by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2009 draft and then traded to Oklahoma City. He was signed by the Thunder on April 9, 2011. Ironically, Vaden has yet to appear in an NBA game — and after Tuesday’s trade, he’s now looking for a new team to sign with.