Bobcats Claim Haywood Off Waivers
The 2012-2013 Charlotte Bobcats are beginning to take shape. Charlotte claimed veteran center and North Carolina native Brendan Haywood off of waivers on Saturday, thus helping to fill a void in the paint for Charlotte.
According to a report from Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, the Bobcats placed the winning bid for Haywood which will cost Charlotte somewhere in the realm of six million dollars over a three year span.
The Dallas Mavericks had recently amnestied Haywood on Thursday, so he wasn’t on waivers very long at all. The seven-footer averaged 6 rebounds and 5.2 points per game last season with Dallas and will be with out a doubt a welcomed addition to the Bobcats frontcourt.
Charlotte is very familiar with Haywood from his time spent as a teammate with Bobcats owner Michael Jordan, while playing for the Washington Wizards. Bobcats president of basketball operations, Rod Higgins, was also in Washington as an executive when Haywood played there.
Higgins seemed positive over the new acquisition and told the Charlotte Observer, “He’s a defender, a rebounder, a runner and a shot-blocker. He has the ability to take up space in the paint, and we need that. He really rolls hard to the basket (offensively). The way he plays, he has to be honored in the paint, and we need that to free up perimeter shooters.”
The addition of Haywood comes at a pleasant time for the Bobcats. They signed point guard Ramon Sessions to a two year deal on Friday and their top draft pick, Michael-Kidd Gilchrist, is off to a nice start at the Las Vegas Summer League.