Update: Dallas deny interest in sign and trade for Haywood
The Dallas Morning News reports
The Miami Heat have discussed a deal with the Dallas Mavericks to acquire big man Brendan Haywood, the Miami Herald reported, citing a player and a separate agent who have been directly involved in those discussions.
Miami would part with Heat free agent center Jermaine O’Neal or Michael Beasley — or both. The Heat has met with Mavericks free agent center Haywood already. It also has talked with the Utah Jazz and power forward Carlos Boozer.
It’s possible the Heat would also seek a backup point guard from Dallas, with Rodrigue Beaubois and J.J. Barea both playing behind Jason Kidd.
Any potential sign-and-trade with Utah would certainly center on a O’Neal-for-Boozer swap, with free agent Jazz swingman Kyle Korver also a possible Heat target.
That would be a very nice trade for Miami.
Give them a legitimate defensive anchor and physical presence in the paint. Keep enough cap space to add a max contract player and another piece (about $8 mil left?).
I wonder if this move is being done to satisfy Chris Bosh. To let him play at the four alongside a center. Haywood would also provide excellent protection for Carlos Boozer if Miami had to go with it’s fall-back option. Give the Heat enough defense to make the combination (Boozer/Wade) work.
It would be a bad trade for the Mavericks. They only have a small window for a title with Dirk and they need to concentrate on acquiring the best player today … and that is Brendan Haywood.
Not the potential of Michael Beasley (enticing as it is).
Update: Dallas deny interest in sign and trade involving Brendan Haywood + are committed to re-signing Haywood – link