Cavaliers will trade Brendan Haywood's contract, but not for what they originally hoped

By moving the big man to a team with cap space, Cleveland would create a large trade exception they could then use to acquire another player.

The Cavalier traded second round pick Rakeem Christmas to the Pacers on Thursday, receiving in return a 2019 second round pick that they could use as a sweetener to entice a team to take on Brendan Haywood's non-guaranteed contract. Christmas was signed for four years by the Pacers.

Haywood's contract was considered a good trade chip coming into the...

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