Mavs staying mum on Haywood suspension

November, 27, 2010
11/27/10
7:09
PM CT
DALLAS -- Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle and owner Mark Cuban preferred to remain quiet rather than offer any insight into Friday's one-game suspension of backup center Brendan Haywood.

"Today is a new day. That was addressed yesterday," Carlisle said. "We are moving on."

Cuban said rules are in place and must be followed, and that everyone's moving forward. He added that he is not disappointed with Haywood's start to the season. Haywood is averaging 3.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in 19.2 minutes after signing a six-year, $55-million deal in the offseason. During training camp, Tyson Chandler, acquired later in a trade, won the starting job.

As for Haywood, who celebrates his 31st birthday today, he briefly walked into the team locker room, but declined an opportunity to talk about the situation.

Carlisle sent back to Dallas after Friday's shootaround. During the shootaround, according to Haywood's agent Andy Miller, Haywood and Carlisle engaged a heated "discussion."

Haywood is active for tonight's game against the Miami Heat.

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PTS AST STL MIN
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