Two struggling NBA franchises made a deal on Thursday prior to the NBA trade deadline. According to a report by SI.com on Feb. 20, the Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired versatile big man Spencer Hawes from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for forward Earl Clark.
Included in the deal, the 76ers will also get two second-round picks and another player may be added to the deal in order to match Hawes’ salary. Because the Cavaliers don’t have a traded player exception, they will have to send the 76ers another player to make the deal work financially.
As for Spencer Hawes, a change of scenery may be just what the 25-year-old needs to get his focus back on the game. Hawes is one of the better floor-spacing big men in the league and having him on the court with players like Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters should greatly improve the Cavaliers offensively. Their ability to penetrate should create open shots for Hawes who is averaging 13 points and 8.5 rebounds this season for the 76ers.
Cleveland is taking a risk with this trade as Hawes is set to be an unrestricted free agent after the season. If he signs elsewhere, the Cavaliers would go empty handed as far as a return for the two draft picks they surrendered in the deal as well as Earl Cark.
The Philadelphia 76ers added more draft picks to help in their efforts to rebuild the franchise.
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