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Brendan Haywood’s tale is a pretty unique one. Haywood was acquired from the Washington Wizards in the middle of the 2010 season and immediately challenged Erick Dampier for the starting center spot in Dallas. Though Dallas didn’t perform all that well in the post-season, Mark Cuban rewarded Haywood with a large extension in the off-season, inking him to a six-year, $55 million contract on July 8th.
Six days later, Dallas traded a few of their spare parts to the Charlotte Bobcats for Tyson Chandler. At the time Chandler was acquired to back-up Brendan Haywood but after a very strong performance for Team USA in the FIBA World Championships revitalized Chandler, he quickly won the starting job from Haywood and went on to emerge as one of the top defensive players in the league. Haywood was slotted in a back-up role and didn’t get much burn during the post-season, especially during the Finals.
Haywood is on the second half of his career and his best days are seemingly behind him and Dallas will be forced to pay him a ton of money over the next five years unless they can find another team in need of a center to take him off their hands. Haywood may be one of the most overpaid players in basketball but I’m sure he’s fine with that along with the fact that, despite a limited role, he was on the Mavericks last season, because Brendan Haywood is an NBA Champion.