HoopsHype Brendan Haywood rumors

April 1, 2012 Updates

Van Gundy said video replays show Haywood hitting Howard in the lower back with his fist. Van Gundy said that Howard twice absorbed hard shots from Haywood and never was more than a simple foul called on the play. So Van Gundy is planning to send the video of the play to the league office hoping that Haywood will be punished for the play. ``It’s really ridiculous and I want to get it on film and send it in (to the league office). Haywood just punched him literally with a closed fist right in the back,’’ Van Gundy said. ``So (Howard) got through the game because he was loose, but then it really tightened up. They are going to work on him and hopefully he’ll be OK. But (Howard) didn’t do anything (in practice on Saturday).’’ NBA.com

The Howard injury was especially infuriating to Van Gundy because it came on what he felt was a flagrant play. Van Gundy has been on somewhat of a mission to protect his six-time all-star center because of the hard fouls he takes in the low post from defenders determined not to give up dunks. ``It happened on that one possession twice and it’s a little frustrating. That (punch) one I’m going to send in (to the league office) because that one was out of hand,’’ Van Gundy said. ``The guy’s punching a guy in the back, meanwhile at the other end … I’ll just leave it at that.’’ NBA.com

March 26, 2012 Updates

The Mavericks’ roster is close to being whole again. Center Brendan Haywood and guard Delonte West participated in Monday’s practice and will be listed as questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Houston Rockets. Haywood (sprained right knee) has missed the last five games. West (fractured right ring finger) has been out since Feb. 15. “We didn’t do a lot of live contact things today, but they went through a lot of other stuff,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “So they’re inching closer.” ESPN.com

March 3, 2012 Updates
February 26, 2012 Updates

The ultimate disaster for New Jersey would be if Williams and Howard end up playing together, but not in Brooklyn. With some roster alterations that are doable, including using their one amnesty move on Brendan Haywood, the Mavs could be set up, cap-wise, to accommodate both players. “The Mavs want to do what Miami did and put together their own big three,’’ said another GM. “That’s their goal.” New York Daily News

February 24, 2012 Updates

After further review, the NBA assessed Dallas center Brendan Haywood a flagrant two foul after he clocked Gasol in the final minute of Wednesday's game. The decision meant that "unnecessary and excessive contact" took place, though it did not carry a suspension. "From my definition of a flagrant…I think the refs missed that," Brown said. "I don't know how anybody could think [Haywood] was going for the ball. I think he was trying to foul Pau. He might be able to join Shaq in the WWF '[Royal] Rumble 25' or something like that." Los Angeles Times

February 1, 2012 Updates
January 24, 2012 Updates

Haywood and Mahinmi are combining to average 13.6 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game, numbers that aren’t far off those produced by the Chandler-Haywood duo last season. “We have a good tag team just because we offer two contrasting styles of basketball,” said Haywood, who had 10 points and six rebounds in 19 minutes against the Suns. “We’re both confident in what we can do. It’s worked out pretty well for us so far. Hopefully, we can keep it going.” Haywood is the traditional paint-protecting, glass-cleaning big man. Mahinmi, who had 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in 29 minutes off the bench against the Suns, is more athletic and has more finesse to his game. “It’s Super Bowl time. It’s like the Giants,” said Haywood, the biggest football fan in the Mavs’ locker room. “You’ve got Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. Guess which one I am.” ESPN.com

December 5, 2011 Updates

Michael Lee: Brendan Haywood wants Mavs to stay intact: “I would love for everybody to come back but it’s a business & you know that can’t always happen" Twitter

December 1, 2011 Updates
October 31, 2011 Updates

Circumstances are different in the Mavs' post-championship universe. Going down the amnesty road with Haywood won't even be considered, sources say, until the Mavs know if they can or can't keep highly coveted free agent Tyson Chandler. And even if it does manage to hang onto Chandler, Dallas contends that it could have traded Haywood last season if it wanted to and thus should keep Chandler's backup to see what kind of trade market is out there for him if necessary. Given that the final year on Haywood's contract -- worth $10.5 million in 2015-16 -- is fully unguaranteed, Dallas would also argue that his deal isn't as ghastly as it looks on paper. ESPN.com

October 1, 2011 Updates

It sure seems as if Eddy Curry will be given every opportunity to make the (Miami) roster on a minimum-scale contract, and if amnesty, indeed, is part of the new collective-bargaining agreement, I could see Brendan Haywood being added as the starting center. Haywood-Anthony-Curry (or Dexter Pittman) arguably would be as good as anything the Heat had last season. An element that grouping would lack, though, is a center who can draw opposing big men from the post, as Ilgauskas did. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

August 30, 2011 Updates
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June 12, 2011 Updates

Brendan Haywood has been activated for Game 6 tonight. The Dallas Mavericks’ backup center went out and practiced on the AmericanAirlines Arena court a few minutes ago and declared himself strong enough to give it a go tonight when the Mavs try to close out the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. Haywood strained his hip flexor in the fourth quarter of Game 2, and was sidelined for Games 3 and 5 while playing just three minutes in Game 4. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

June 11, 2011 Updates
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June 8, 2011 Updates

Injured backup center Brendan Haywood didn't practice with the Mavericks on Wednesday because he's still recovering from a strained right hip flexor. Haywood, who missed Game 3 with the injury, played only three minutes in Game 4 on Tuesday. Haywood was able to do some light shooting and ride the stationary bike during Wednesday's practice. After the Mavericks' Game 4 victory, Haywood said he didn't think he could play the next game. When asked about his availability for Game 5, Haywood said, "I don't know. I have to listen to the doctor and my body." ESPN.com

June 7, 2011 Updates

Backup center Brendan Haywood will test his injured right hip during the Dallas Mavericks' shootaround and could play in Tuesday's Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Haywood, who left Game 2 with a strained right hip flexor and did not play in Game 3, said he is feeling better. An MRI exam confirmed that the swelling in the hip has gone down significantly. The 7-footer will attempt to sprint for the first time since aggravating the injury he originally suffered during a practice before the Finals. Coach Rick Carlisle said Haywood's status would be a game-time decision. "If I can sprint and change directions, we'll give it a try," Haywood said. "You can't be in a Finals game if you can't sprint and change directions on the court." ESPN.com

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