Brendan Haywood follows path to Charlotte
July, 14, 2012
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com
What is it with the Charlotte Bobcats and overpaid Dallas Mavericks centers?
They took DeSagana Diop off the Mavs' hands just months after Dallas lavished the Senegal native with the full mid-level exception. Then Charlotte traded Tyson Chandler for Erick Dampier and his fully non-guaranteed contract. On Saturday, the Bobcats acquired Brendan Haywood through the amnesty waiver process, ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported, citing sources with knowledge of the move.
Dallas used its amnesty rights on the former North Carolina Tar Heels player on Thursday, shortly after agreeing to a one-year, $8 million deal with center Chris Kaman. Haywood, who lives in Charlotte during the offseason, is owed $27.2 million over the next three seasons, including $8.3 million this season, all of which will be paid to Haywood but wiped off the Mavs' books in terms of salary cap and luxury tax ramifications.
The Bobcats' winning bid for Haywood was $2.05 million, according to NBA.com, meaning Charlotte will be responsible for that amount of Haywood's salary, with the Mavs picking up the balance. It's just $50,000 less than the bid the Mavs submitted earlier this week to win the services of power forward Elton Brand.
Haywood, 32, will join Diop in Charlotte on Michael Jordan's wayward club that set an NBA record for lowest winning percentage (.106) last season.
It was an up-and-down tenure in Dallas for Haywood. He was part of the 2010 deadline trade that brought him, Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson over from Washington for Josh Howard and others. The deal ultimately paid off in a championship with, interestingly enough, Stevenson becoming the key piece of the deal in terms of the 2011 title.
Haywood's performances were erratic. At times he flashed signs of being a double-double machine and other times appeared as if he would rather be on a beach somewhere. Never a true offensive threat, his defensive abilities deteriorated as this season progressed, and he averaged just 15 minutes a game in the playoff sweep to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Haywood figured to become an amnesty victim if the Mavs were successful in luring top free-agent target Deron Williams. When that didn't happen, Haywood figured to be staying. That the Mavs used their amnesty on his contract goes to show just how fed up they had become with the passive 7-footer.
Now it's off to Charlotte, where Haywood will certainly feel the comforts of home.