View Full Version : Mavs & Brendan Haywood Agree to 6-Year, $55 Million Deal

07-09-2010, 05:43 PM

Mavs, Haywood agree on six-year contract

- A league source tells TNT's David Aldridge that Mavericks free-agent center Brendan Haywood is returning to Dallas on a six-year, $55 million deal. The sixth season is not fully guaranteed, but the deal also includes more than $7 million in potential incentives for Haywood, one of the top centers available on the market.
Haywood had been courted by several teams, including Miami and Cleveland, who were interested in the 30-year-old center to provide low-post defense and shot blocking at the rim. The Heat visited Haywood last weekend in North Carolina, and the Cavaliers were hopeful that Haywood would replace Shaquille O'Neal. But Haywood enjoyed playing in Dallas last season after he, Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson were acquired from Washington at in a trade-deadline deal that sent Josh Howard to the Wizards.
Haywood split time with Erick Dampier at center in Dallas last season, but will be the full-time starter next season. The Mavericks are expected to trade Dampier, whose contract is not guaranteed next season, in an effort to add perimeter shooting and scoring. They had hoped to get guard Joe Johnson, but he opted to remain in Atlanta after receiving a $119 million max offer.
-- posted 7/8/10, 2:00 p.m.