Marc Spears reports
The Dallas Mavericks have reached agreement on a six-year, $55 million contract to re-sign center Brendan Haywood, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.
Haywood came to Dallas in the middle of last season in a trade that also delivered Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson to the Mavericks. Haywood averaged 8.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks during 28 games for the Mavericks.
Wow, that is a long contract. If that was only a four year contract (for $36-40 million) that would be a fair deal for Dallas. But six years? They overpaid.
Perhaps they had to … but with LeBron heading to Miami I think they jumped the gun and gave away too much.
As for Haywood, I am very happy for him. He has had a difficult career with Eddie Jordan holding him back for all those years. Good to see him land in a great opportunity (Dallas) and get a major payday so late in his career (31 at the start of next season).
This is a good signing for Dallas but those fifth and sixth seasons are dodgy.
The Mavs need to make sure they take advantage of those first four seasons and give themselves a real chance at a title for this to be worthwhile. Something they are capable of doing and will try their utmost to make happen.