The Cavaliers are exploring a trade that would send Jamal Crawford to Cleveland with Brendan Haywood‘s non-guaranteed contract headed to the Clippers, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.com (Twitter links). The news piggybacks on an earlier report from Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer, who’d heard rumors connecting Crawford to the Cavs. The Clippers would have to send out additional salary to make such a deal work.
Talks between the Cavs and the Nets about a trade that would incorporate the Haywood contract in a package to bring back Joe Johnson have seemingly stalled. Crawford would entail similar production at a fraction of the cost, as he’s slated to make just $5.675MM this coming season as opposed to Johnson’s gigantic salary of nearly $24.895MM.
Taking back Haywood’s deal, worth nearly $10.523MM this coming season but non-guaranteed as long as he’s waived by the end of August 1st, would help the Clippers clear salary to find a replacement for DeAndre Jordan. They could try to flip him for David Lee, as Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders speculates, noting that a Haywood-for-Lee trade would fit the league’s salary-matching parameters (Twitter links).