Jan 6, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Charlotte Bobcats center Brendan Haywood (33) warms up before the game against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Cavaliers rumors: Brendan Haywood may be ready to play soon

The Cleveland Cavaliers made more than just the Kevin Love trade this summer, as a move that preceded the blockbuster Love deal involved a lesser talented but still valuable asset. The Cavs acquired Brendan Haywood from the Charlotte Bobcats on draft night but did so not knowing when he’s be back and healthy enough to play.

According to Terry Pluto of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cavaliers now think Haywood may be able play this season – and fairly soon.

1. Brendan Haywood was in town and the 7-footer is in excellent shape in terms of weight and body fat. He had surgery to repair a broken foot last October, and missed the entire season. The Cavs weren’t sure if he could play this season — or at least not until January. Now, they are hopeful it will be sooner.

2. Haywood played with Shawn Marion in Dallas when the Mavs won the 2011 title — beating Miami. Marion raved about Haywood when the Cavs were courting the small forward. Haywood said he plans to keep working hard on his rehabilitation.

Haywood, if healthy, could be a huge help as a big man the Cavs need. They have zero depth behind Anderson Varejao and that could be a weakness that cripples Cleveland. Haywood isn’t an elite player but he’s close to it when he’s 100 percent and that’s where the Cavaliers think he’s headed in the near future.

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