On the eve of Mike Miller and Randy Foye becoming distinguished gentlemen for the Washington Wizards, I’d toiled over a ‘should the Wizards trade Brendan Haywood post‘. It began …
“Everyone likes Haywood.
Hell, I like Haywood (now), and recently challenged someone to name five better ‘Centers’ in the East. They couldn’t.
Championship teams need a guy like BTH. He’s in a contract year, motivated to work hard and make a strong comeback after missing an entire season. Perhaps most of all, Haywood knows enough to not be a stalwart in a free-flowing Flip Saunders offense. More and more, somewhat evident through his blogging, he’s acquired leadership maturity.
He knows his main job is to defend the paint, aided by his defensive communication, and to not allow second chance scoring opportunities for the opponent. He’s aware that the threat of him scoring makes his teammates better on offense, and at the same time, their threat to score creates more opportunities for him.
I’m going to take comments such as this one Haywood made on his own blog, “Philly wouldn’t be a bad spot for me, and my contract is up in 2010 anyways so you never know what might happen,” with a grain of salt.
Then again, being an unrestricted free-agent after next season, it’s highly unlikely the guy has any reason to be loyal to the franchise.
He wants to do well in a contract year and is smart enough to realize the increased value from playing on a good team … whether it’s in D.C. or a free-agent city of his choosing. I wonder if Haywood fetches himself a dream of playing in South Beach alongside Dwyane Wade one day …
With his expiring contract, Haywood’s trade value can only be higher if he played like an all-star candidate for the first half of ’09-10.
Fairly ‘good’ Haywood.
I went on to discuss the merits of Tom Ziller’s trade idea of Haywood, Nick Young, Mike James, and the 5th pick to Phoenix for Amare Stoudemire, and how it simply did not jive.
The discussion continued with other possible big man trade opportunities involving Haywood … perhaps for another time.
In contrast, the good folks at Stet Sports take us into the realm of ‘evil’ Haywood:
In short, the Wizards must tolerate this guy. The jealousy, the public immaturity, all of it; just to have a chance to compete for meaningful basketball in March and April. But please, don’t let the recently-bloomed talent or the fact that he is the single most important player on the Washington Wizards fool you; from all indications, Brendan Todd Haywood is an opportunistic clown.
And sadly, it is he who must lead the way for the Washington Wizards.
Which Haywood will we see in ’09-10 and beyond?
Well, it wouldn’t be the Washington Wizards/Bullets if that weren’t for him to know and you to find out.