The Washington Times - November 29, 2011, 09:29PM

Now that the NBA lockout is behind us, players and owners will soon be able to re-open the lines of communication. When that happens, there’s one thing Dallas Mavericks center Brendan Haywood wants to say to owner Mark Cuban - we want rings.

The Dallas Mavericks won the NBA Championship last season, defeating the Miami Heat in six games, and Cuban suggested in an interview televised by multiple media outlets that rings might not be the thing.

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“I might not get rings,” Cuban said. “Rings are old school. You’ve seen it before. There’s guys who pick up the sweats and towels and they have these big, blingy rings. I’m like, ‘Rings are done. It’s time to take it to the next level.’”

Haywood, who played with the Wizards from 2001 through 2010 before being traded to the Mavericks, said he’s not having it.

“We’re going to get rings. Mark knows better than that,” Haywood said.

“Don’t nobody want no NBA medallions, bracelets, anklets, gold chains, nothing. It’s an NBA ring. When you walk into a room with other NBA champions, and they have their rings on, you don’t want to walk in with an NBA bracelet.”

Teams normally receive their championship rings during their home opener of the following season.

Haywood plans to continue working out in D.C. with former teammates Andray Blatche and Roger Mason Jr. until the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is ratified, and the teams can call their players, and get them into camp. The target date for training camps and free agency is December 9.

The trade to the Mavericks has been good for the former Wizards center, who not only has a championship to show for it, but a new attitude as well.

“It was great for me [the trade to Dallas],” Haywood said.

“The biggest thing I learned was that it’s all about the team. Everybody there is so selfless. It’s never about you, it’s all about the team. I liked that. It really helped me grow up a lot.”