In retrospect one of the worst moves Ernie did for the blow up and rebuild was get rid of Brendan Haywood. We suffered through all those years of Brendan fumbling every pass that came his way, playing out of position and getting in fights with teammates. And then in Year EIGHT, when he just started to "get it," gone.
Just to review, Haywood was part of the seven-player deal that also got Dallas Caron Butler and D-Steve. I won't go into what we got back, because it was trash. We needed to dump He-Who-Couldn't-Feel-His-Face's absurd contract and ship out one of our Big Three while also getting something for Haywood with no intention of signing him and tying up cap space during the blow up.
He ended up signing a 6-year, $55 million deal with Dallas, which the trade machine has a $7.6 million figure for this year. He is 32 years old. He is 7-foot, 263 lbs. He averages 6 points, 7 rebounds and 1 block per game with about 24 minutes a game for Dallas.
Just for comparison's sake, JaVale plays only a few more minutes per game. He's also a 7-footer and about the same weight. He's 24 and he's in Year FOUR. He averages 11 points, 9 rebounds and 2-3 blocks per game.
Many of you have made some interesting points about Dallas in that they will likely be dying to shed cap space and Brendan could be a casualty of that in chasing D12 and DWill. I remember saying way back before he was traded that he was the one player we should keep for the rebuild. That is, re-sign him and keep him even though it would put us on the hook for a long-term contract. I was ridiculed and debased.
Well here we are now, and I would LOVE to get him back. I'm not even opposed to getting him back and keeping JaVale. Here are some questions for you to consider:
1.) Would you want Brendan back on this team, and would it be instead of McGee or along with him?
2.) Would having Brendan and JaVale on the team from the Arenas era be ok with you if Blatche and Young were gone?
3.) What does the Brendan trade and Brendan's contract tell us about what value McGee has now?