Everybody wants to speculate on how LeBron James’
landing in Miami would impact Brendan Haywood’s chances of returning to
Never mind that nobody knows if James is headed to Miami
Haywood wants to be paid like a top-10 center, so it’s
unlikely if James chews up the rest of Miami’s available cap space that
the Heat could find a way to pay Haywood what he wants. It doesn’t seem
likely that Haywood would give the Heat a discount to play with the new trio of
superstars put together in this stars-aligning free agent frenzy.
But other teams will have a ton of cap room. Like New Jersey
and New York and Chicago. Expect Haywood’s agent, the always resourceful
Andy Miller, to explore all those options and more.
And by the way, there’s still the distinct chance that
James returns to Cleveland, which would throw things into further disarray.
Just let the big chip fall and then things will begin to
sort themselves out fairly quickly.
And by the way, I’m not sure Haywood is the be-all,
end-all of centers that the Mavericks have on their free-agent list. They will
be looking at possible trades, perhaps for other centers and maybe including a
sign-and-trade for Haywood.