When the Dallas Mavericks were able to land free agent center Chris Kaman, almost immediately they decided to use their amnesty clause on Brendan Haywood.
Now teams can place a waiver bid on Haywood, and there appears to be multiple options.
Rick Bonnel of The Charlotte Observer reports that the Bobcats could be interested. Haywood went to North Carolina and resides in the Charlotte area during the offseason. Getting a teacher for their young big men makes sense.
ESPN’s Nick Borges suggests that the Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Hornets are also two potential options for the 11-year veteran.
Another possibility is the Houston Rockets, speculates ESPN’s Joe Kaiser. His rationale is simple: with the trades of Marcus Camby and Samuel Dalembert, right now their starting center would likely be either Patrick Patterson or Josh Harrellson.
No wonder they may take a stab at Haywood.
The 7’0’’ center is coming off a season in which he averaged 5.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 21.2 minutes a night, and can still be a valuable member of a contending team in limited minutes off the bench.