A few games into the season, Rajon Rondo signed a contract extension worth five years, $55 million. Ya know, Brendan Haywood money. (Yahoo! Sports)
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.
With Erick Dampier’s contract not guaranteed for this season, Haywood figures to play an even more prominent role for the Mavericks.
If you had $55 million around to spend on a basketball player, how could you possibly pick whether you offer it to Rondo or Haywood? I mean, Rondo’s an All-Star and the best player on a team that went to the NBA Finals and everything, but Haywood averaged 8.1 points and 7.4 boards last season! And he’s huge! It’s just too close to call.
Back to reality, though, Rondo’s agent should get fired. There’s no doubt Rondo would have earned a max contract this offseason if he hadn’t signed the extension, but instead he signed for Brendan Haywood money. And Danny Ainge? Somebody get that man a raise. While all those other GMs are tossing absurd money at decent players, Ainge is playing chess. Jermaine O’Neal at two years and $12 million sure looks pretty while sitting next to Haywood at six years and $55 million.