HoopsHype Brendan Haywood rumors

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

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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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The Charlotte Bobcats took their first injury blow of the preseason Thursday when the team announced reserve center Brendan Haywood will miss at least 12 weeks with a stress fracture in his left foot. Charlotte-based foot specialist Dr. Bob Anderson diagnosed the injury. Haywood is scheduled to have surgery next week to place two screws, stabilizing a navicular bone. Based on that recovery schedule, Haywood would miss at least the first nine weeks of the regular season. Charlotte Observer

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