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Brendan Haywood amnestied by Dallas Mavericks

Jul 12, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT

Bobcats forward Maggette drives on Mavericks center Haywood during their NBA basketball game in Dallas Reuters

It was going to happen eventually, the only question is would it happen this year or next. The answer is this.

The Dallas Mavericks have amnestied center Brendan Haywood, Marc Stein reports at ESPN. The big man was owed $35 million over four more years.

Haywood now goes into a special waiver wire where for the next 48 hours teams under the salary cap can bid to take over a portion of his contract and get his services. It is believed the Bobcats would put in a bid, other teams may as well. Highest bid wins.

At age 32 Haywood had a rough year with Dallas last season, giving them 5.2 points and six rebounds a game in 20 minutes. Those numbers are not far off his career averages, but in previous years he got those points efficiently, shooting 56 percent or higher. Last season that fell to 51.8 percent.

If a team can get him for a couple million dollars and bring him off the bench as a backup big, he’ll fill that role competently. Like a lot of big men in the league, he was just overpaid because of scarcity.

  1. cosanostra71 - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    4 years, $35 million LEFT? I’m absolutely floored that someone would have given Haywood a contract like that… he’s a good player but wow that’s way too much!

    • sic62 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      It’s more a 3 year-27 million deal. The last one was team optioned and had a lot of escalators.

  2. rockthered1286 - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    He’s welcome back in the nations capital. Can always use another body on a team that seems content doing nothing at all.

    Christ even the BOBCATS are active!! What the hell?!

  3. watermelon1 - Jul 12, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    The Wizards need talent… but, if bringing in Haywood means Blatche is out the door, I guess it’s addition by subtraction.

    And as for the guy who said Haywood is a “good” player… what have you been watching? He’s a waste of size. The only time this guy looked like he was trying was when he got pissed off at Lebron and the Cavaliers in one of their few playoff meetings.

    • cosanostra71 - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      coming off the bench he is a good backup big. He doesn’t require a lot of shots on offense but is still efficient when he does. he can rebound and is a decent defender. He is not worth $35 million though!

  4. wizskinz - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    Bum!!

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