On Thursday, February 21, 2014, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced they had acquired center Spencer Hawes from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for forward Earl Clark, center Henry Sims, and two second round draft picks (Cleveland’s 2014 second round pick and the Memphis Grizzlies’ 2014 second round pick acquired in a trade on July 25, 2012.)
The 7-1, 245-pound Hawes has started in 53 games this season for Philadelphia and has averaged a career-high 13.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in 31.4 minutes per game.
Hawes was drafted with the 10th overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. The six-year veteran owns a career average 9.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 24.6 minutes over 473 games.
"We felt adding a player of Spencer's caliber and experience will complement our frontcourt rotation well and we are very excited to have him in Cleveland,” said Cleveland Cavaliers’ acting General Manger David Griffin. “Spencer is a very skilled big man, who was having a career year in Philadelphia this season. We look for his ability to both shoot from the perimeter and defend the basket to help us, and at 25 years of age his game is still growing on both ends of the floor. In acquiring Spencer, we had to move Earl and Henry and we thank them for their contributions to the Cavaliers.”
The acquisition of Hawes should provide an immediate impact for the Cavaliers whose former big men Andrew Bynum and Clark failed to work out as expected.
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