As details of
Brendan Haywood’s re-signing come clearer, the Mavericks were able to
achieve their objective of holding the total worth of the six-year contract
under $10 million per season, although the deal is heavily incentive-laden, an
NBA source said.
options and triggers that could boost the final year of the contract and make
it fully guaranteed. In that regard, it’s similar to the contract that
Erick Dampier signed five years ago with the Mavericks. His final year is worth
$13 million, but is non-guaranteed.
reports of the deal had it worth more, Haywood’s contract is worth around
$9 million per season, if he reaches all the incentives.
agent, Andy Miller, said that the work of Rick Carlisle early in the process of
free agency was a key to getting Haywood back with the Mavericks.
part played a pivotal role,’’ Miller said. “Especially after
the way last season ended, Brendan felt that playing time was a big variable
and that was addressed by Rick right away.’’
well for long stretches after coming to the Mavericks in the Josh Howard trade.
But when he and Dampier both were healthy, it was Dampier who got more minutes
during the playoffs.
Donnie Nelson have said that Haywood is penciled in as the starter at center