Brendan Haywood knew he’d be an amnesty clause candidate as soon as he saw the new collective bargaining agreement. He certainly won’t be surprised if the Mavericks cut him loose this summer.
“I have no control over that,” Haywood said during a Tuesday appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3’s Ben and Skin Show. “I have enjoyed my time in Dallas. I was part of a championship team. If it happens, it happens, and I’ll have to move on and continue to try to advance my career somewhere else. If it doesn’t, I’ll be happy to be back. I don’t really have an opinion on that because it’s out of my control.
“I won’t be offended if they do, because I know what they’re trying to do. They’re trying to revamp the team on the fly, keep Dirk around, bring in another superstar, maybe two. And if that’s the case, they’ve got to free up everybody.”
Haywood is due to make $8.35 million next season and $27.2 million during the three remaining guaranteed years in the deal he signed in the summer of 2010. He’ll get that money no matter what, but like most of the Mavs, he isn’t sure where he’ll play next season.
“Basically, we might not be back next year and nobody knows just yet,” Haywood said. “That’s the business side of it. You’ve got to just go into the summer time, enjoy your time off, prepare for next season and if you’re there, put your all into it. If you’re not, put your all into another team.”