Charlotte Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins announced today that the team has been awarded center Brendan Haywood off waivers from Dallas. Haywood was designated by the Mavericks as the team’s amnesty player.

According to ESPN.com, “NBA.com reported the Bobcats’ winning bid was just more than $2 million, which means Dallas must pay roughly $6.3 million of Haywood’s $8.3 million salary in 2012-13. Releasing Haywood via amnesty wiped the $27.2 million he’s owed over the next three seasons off the Mavericks’ books for salary-cap and luxury-tax purposes. The Bobcats now will assume more than $6 million of that financial obligation.”

Charlotte Bobcats land Brendan Haywood

An 11-year NBA veteran, the 7-0 Haywood has played in 733 career games for the Wizards and Mavericks, with 531 starts. He has career averages of 7.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 23.7 minutes. His career field goal percentage of .534 ranks seventh among active players and 28th in NBA history.

Haywood was a member of Dallas’ 2011 NBA Championship team, and has appeared in 53 career playoff games, averaging 6.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks, while shooting .564 from the field.

The Greensboro, NC native played four seasons at the University of North Carolina before being selected by Cleveland with the 20th overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft. His rights were traded on draft night to Orlando, who later traded him to Washington.