The Wisconsin product started in 27 games for New York’s G League affiliate but signs a 10-day contract with Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Lakers have reached an agreement to sign Westchester Knicks forward Nigel Hayes, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. Hayes signs a 10-day deal with Los Angeles following his 30-game stint in Westchester, averaging 14.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 27 starts for New York’s G League team, per RealGM.
Hayes, an undrafted rookie, played for New York’s Orlando Summer League team in 2017 before he signed a non-guaranteed training camp deal with the Knicks. Hayes would later sign with the Westchester Knicks, coached by Mike Miller. The DubKnicks already lost their leading scorer, Trey Burke, as the Knicks signed Burke for the remainder of the season in a corresponding move that resulted in waiving guard Ramon Sessions.
“Everyone down here is hungry for the next opportunity,” Hayes remarked when our colleague Nick Scolaro visited White Plains in December. Nigel contributed to the G League’s best team, the Westchester Knicks, at 20–10, the best record in the NBA’s G League. The DubKnicks relied on Hayes as a solid inside-outside player, matriculating from the University of Wisconsin–Madison last May. Hayes, along with Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, went to the National Championship, losing to Duke in 2015. Without Kaminsky and Dekker, Hayes came into his own as Wisconsin’s leader as a focal voice for the team and the go-to scorer for the Badgers.
The Lakers have the option to sign Hayes to another 10-day contract or a contract for the remainder of the season, or to release Hayes following the conclusion of the 10 days, where he could be subject to another team’s inquiry.
UPDATE 5:29 p.m. EST 1/30/18.
Hayes has returned to Westchester since the conclusion of his 10-day contract with Los Angeles, per SNY’s Adam Zagoria.