The Charlotte Bobcats have claimed center Brendan Haywood off waivers.
Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks used their one time amnesty clause on Haywood, who scored 5.2 points and grabbed six rebounds in 22 minutes a game last season.
The 7’0″ North Carolina native finished 2012 with a 101 defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions) and ended the year with a .114 win-share-per-48 (estimate of the number of wins contributed by a player per 48 minutes), good for 14 points above the league average.
Haywood isn’t going to give the Bobcats an inside scoring threat, but he will give them a presence in the middle that they sorely lacked last year. He’s a good defender and has a career per-36 rebounding average of 9.4.
The Bobcats are still looking to solidify the PF spot on their roster. They have three players on their radar right now: Luis Scola, who was recently amnestied by the Rockets, Antwan Jamison who is deciding whether to take less money to play for a contender or more money to play for his home town team, and Carl Landry, who is an unrestricted free agent.
If Charlotte can land one of those three guys, at the very least, they will field a competitive roster next season.