The Washington Wizards reached an agreement on a multiyear extension with starting center Brendan Haywood late Sunday night. Haywood, entering his fourth season with the team, signed a five-year deal worth about $25 million, a source with knowledge of the negotiations said.
"I am very happy to sign an extension with the Wizards," Haywood, 25, said in a statement yesterday. "This is a great opportunity for me to continue to work with my teammates and coaches and grow with this team. I feel like the franchise is going in the right direction and I'm excited to be a part of it."
Haywood, 25, averaged 7 points, 5 rebounds and a team-high 1.3 blocks per game in 77 games -- 59 starts -- last season. The 7-foot Haywood has averaged 6.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 220 career games. If the Wizards hadn't come to terms with Haywood, he would have become a restricted free agent after the season.
The team was unable to come to terms with Kwame Brown, allowing the fourth-year forward-center to test the market as a restricted free agent next summer.
Wizards Note: Brown (broken bone, right foot), guard Steve Blake (right ankle surgery) and center Etan Thomas (abdominal strain) were placed on the injured list yesterday.