- The Washington Times - Friday, August 3, 2001

The Washington Wizards came to terms yesterday with Brendan Haywood on a three-year deal that will pay the rookie center at least $2.6 million.

Under the terms as outlined by the collective bargaining agreement, Haywood will make at least $815,500 this season, $876,600 next year and $937,800 in the final year.

The Wizards traded Laron Profit and a first-round pick to the Orlando Magic for the 7-foot, 268-pound Haywood on Wednesday. Haywood was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 20th pick at the 2001 NBA Draft, then had his rights dealt to the Magic for veteran Michael Doleac.

Haywood will likely back up starting center Jahidi White, who, at 6-9, is undersized.

In four seasons at the University of North Carolina, Haywood set a school record with 304 blocked shots. His .637 career shooting percentage also was a school record. Haywood averaged 10 points and 5.9 rebounds as a collegian, but in his senior year those numbers jumped to 12.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.6 blocks.

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