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09:25 AM ET 06.09 | The Mavericks have big decisions to make before the NBA draft June 28, and free agency begins July 1. But no decision may be bigger than what to do with center Brendan Haywood. It's been widely speculated that the Mavericks will use the one-time amnesty provision to remove Haywood from the salary cap. But a rare clause in Haywood's contract could make that move unnecessary. Haywood has what one NBA executive called "the best spread provision in the NBA'' in his contract. In layman's terms, any team that waives Haywood can spread out the payments for the remainder of his contract until 2026, according to an NBA source. That means the team that owns his rights and waives him would be responsible for no more than $2 million per year over the next 14 years. That clause in the deal is a huge incentive when it comes to including Haywood as a possible sweetener in trade talks that are going fast and furious as teams gear up for the frenzy that will begin as soon as the NBA finals end. Other teams see that as a very appealing contract.

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June 9, 2012  09:31 AM ET

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June 9, 2012  09:37 AM ET

Regardless of what we do with his contract, he and his half **** effort will be gone before next season.


This makes me happy.

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June 9, 2012  09:49 AM ET

Too Late To Fire Your Agent, Bro.

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June 9, 2012  09:57 AM ET
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I hope he and Odom gets traded for a nice center...

Me too, GB.

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June 9, 2012  10:27 AM ET

Cuban shouldn't have any qualms with getting rid of Haywood at any cost. He only unloaded half his team on a humble and hope. I hope Mark knows what he's doing, the verdict is still out on him. That championship did give'm some leaway!

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June 9, 2012  10:40 AM ET
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Looks as if Dallas has quite a legit shot at landing Howard.If so, they can get right back in the mix and challenge the Thunder next year.

Realistically, there are only 2 teams that can win a championship in thext 2-3 years. Thunder and Heat.

Teams like Dallas, Lakers, Celtics, Magic all have the pedigree to reload fast, however...
- There is ONLY one Howard
- There is ONLY one Deron Williams

- Kobe will be on the downhill, joined by Dirk, Paul
- Rose is always hurt and IMO will never be the same again.Chicago's window is closed (Boozer sucks)

A LOT of things should fall in place for Dallas to instantly contend again. I', not sure if it's practical to think all those would happen. Advantage Thunder and the Heat.

June 9, 2012  10:55 AM ET
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Looks as if Dallas has quite a legit shot at landing Howard.If so, they can get right back in the mix and challenge the Thunder next year.

What??? Just who does the Mavs have for trade bait to get Howard???? Can the Mavs get Howard as an free agent???

June 9, 2012  11:02 AM ET
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What??? Just who does the Mavs have for trade bait to get Howard???? Can the Mavs get Howard as an free agent???

OT - Howard is locked up for one more year. As much as I would love to see him here with the Mavs, I don't see Haywood's contract as a significant piece that makes it happen.

I still say that if he goes anywhere, it's to the Lakers for Bynum (along with whatever pieces from either side make such a deal workable...)

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June 9, 2012  11:09 AM ET
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They can get him as free agent. That's why they let Chandler walk in the offseason last year.

Thanks!!! The main question is, does Howard want to play in Dallas??

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