Brendan Haywood (born November 27, 1979 in New York, NY) was obtained by the Mavericks along with Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson on February 13, 2010 in a trade with the Washington Wizards in exchange for James Singleton, Quinton Ross, Drew Gooden and Josh Howard.
As a junior, Haywood led his high school to a North Carolina state championship and received the personal accolades as a senior when he was named to the 1997 McDonald's All-American Team and was named the Gatorade North Carolina Player of the Year. He chose to stay close to home and attended the University of North Carolina. Playing four years in Chapel Hill, he appeared in two Final Fours with the Tar Heels and had the school's first-ever triple-double in December of 2000 with 18 points, 14 boards and 10 blocks. As a senior he was named second team All-ACC and second team Sporting News All-American. He left UNC as the all-time leader in blocked shots and field goal percentage and was the Atlantic Coast Conference's all-time leader in FG% at 63.7 %.
Drafted in the first round of the 2001 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Haywood's draft rights were promptly traded to the Orlando Magic who then passed them on, just over a month later, to the Washington Wizards. The 7'0 center found a home in D.C., where he began a eight-plus year run en route to becoming the team's longest-tenured player.
During his first season, Haywood was honored with the NBA Rookie-of-the-Month award for December 2001 after averaging 7.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks. His scoring average rose each of the first four seasons in the league as he established himself as the Wizards' enforcer in the paint.
His best season came in 2007-2008 with career-high averages of 10.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.4 offensive rebounds. He couldn't follow up those record numbers as a torn right wrist ligament limited Haywood to only six games the next year.
He was traded to Dallas in February of 2010 where he split time with Erick Dampier at center. He averaged 9.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 30.6 minutes in 77 games, including 67 starts, with the Wizards and Mavericks. He also became only the third player in the last 20 seasons to record 20-rebound games with two different teams in the same season.
A free agent following the season, Haywood signed a new contract with Dallas on July 9, 2010.
A part of three Mavs' playoff teams and a member of the 2010-2011 NBA Championship team, Haywood was waived by Dallas on July 12, 2012. The team designated him as their amnesty player as allowed by 2011's collective bargaining agreement. The one-time provision allowed the Mavericks to remove Haywood's contract amount from their salary cap.
He was claimed off waivers by the Charlotte Bobcats on July 14, 2012. He was with Charlotte for two seasons although he missed the entire 2013-2014 season with a stress fracture in his foot.
On July 12, 2014, he was traded, along with the draft rights to Dwight Powell for Scotty Hopson and cash. He played in 22 games with the Cavs as they made their way to the 2015 NBA Finals but did not see action in the championship round against Golden State.
Haywood has began laying the groundwork for a broadcasting career as he served as a color commentator for the WNBA's Washington Mystics for four seasons and hosted a three-hour sports talk show on the Wizards' flagship station in Washington D.C. He can be followed via his website www.bhaywood.com.