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January 24, 2015 Updates

There have been whispers throughout the season the Cavs may trade Brendan Haywood’s unique contract before this summer, when it reaches its maximum value. Those whispers are growing louder. In fact, if the Cavs are to upgrade their backup point guard position through trade, they will inevitably have to include Haywood just to make the money match. And from all indications, they’ll have no problem moving Haywood’s contract if the right point guard becomes available. But they won’t know that until closer to the Feb. 19 trade deadline. Akron Beacon Journal

Other teams are now highly aware of Haywood’s contract. Since the Cavs are fully committed to win-now mode, it wouldn’t surprise me to see them deal Haywood within the next four weeks for immediate help this season. Akron Beacon Journal

January 9, 2015 Updates
January 4, 2015 Updates

Does Brendon Haywood have a chance to be a viable NBA center again? 
@Willis79Willis It depends on your definition of viable, but I don’t see him playing more than 10 minutes a game consistently. He’s 35, missed all of last season with foot problems and it shows. To be blunt: He’s old and slow. And he’s not in game shape. When injuries forced him into the starting lineup on New Year’s Eve, he was gassed by the end of the first half because he simply wasn’t accustomed to game speed. Akron Beacon Journal

December 22, 2014 Updates

Teams in talks with the Cavs have asked about the contract of backup center Brendan Haywood, according to sources. The 13th-year veteran has played just five total minutes this season. Haywood reportedly is due $2.2 million this year, with a team option for a whopping $10.5 million next. FoxSports.com

December 19, 2014 Updates
November 21, 2014 Updates

Cleveland's $5.3 million trade exception is the logical solution, but Brendan Haywood's unusual contract could be thrown into the mix. And make no mistake, it eventually will. Haywood is being paid a salary of $2.2 million this season, but next year he has a non-guaranteed income of $10.5 million. It becomes fully guaranteed if he is not waived by the Aug. 1 deadline of 2015. Cleveland Plain Dealer

The chances of a team making that type of commitment at this stage of his career are slim to none. What's attractive about Haywood's deal is next summer his $10.5 million income would apply towards the league's salary-matching requirements, which would allow the Cavaliers, or whichever team has him at that time, to trade Haywood for an impact player making up to approximately $14 million annually. The team that receives Haywood could release the big man and gain significant cap space equivalent to the $10.5 million figure. There's the value. Cleveland Plain Dealer

He's well aware that he could be moved at any time and he said it's something he won't let bother him. "I don't worry about it because at the end of the day, I can't do anything about it," Haywood told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "If somebody views my contract as an asset or the team feels they can get something in that can help them or shed salary, they're going to do what they're going to do because that's what they have to do." Cleveland Plain Dealer

September 26, 2014 Updates
September 25, 2014 Updates

Cleveland Cavaliers center Brendan Haywood is recovering nicely from last year's foot surgery and will practice from the outset once training camp begins Saturday, league sources tell Northeast Ohio Media Group. He will be limited when it comes to certain drills, but his activity will be increased throughout the course of preseason. One source says Haywood's full-contact clear date is "close" if he keeps up this accelerated path. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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