The Pistons were interested in Brendan Haywood last summer, and I liked the idea. Apparently the former is still the case. Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:
If Dallas overpays to keep Chandler, they could let go of Brendan Haywood for cap relief and the Pistons would gladly swoop in to sign the veteran big man if that happens. They wanted him two years ago and nothing has changed to alter that line of thinking.
Nothing has changed to alter that line of thinking? Haywood’s production dropped across the board last year. When that happens to a big man at 31, the line of thinking should change.
Of course, if the Mavericks waive Haywood now, he’ll fetch much less than the six-year, $55 million contract Dallas gave him. At the right price – say three years, $16 million – I’d still sign him.