Free agent and former Cleveland Cavalier center Spencer Hawes, has agreed to a deal with the Clippers according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The deal is for four-years, 23 million dollars in total, worth about 5.75 million dollars a year. Hawes is one of the most desirable big men on the market, and just last season, averaged 13.2 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game and 1.2 blocks per game with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Hawes was, reportedly, determined to sign with a contender, with the Portland Trailblazers and the Phoenix Suns being the favorites to acquire the services of the big man. The Clippers had been pushing hard for Hawes with the full mid-level exception, however, Doc Rivers is trying to convert the deal into a sign-and-trade with the Cavs, in an attempt to save their full mid-level exception to try and use it on Paul Pierce.
Whether this becomes a sign-and-trade or not, it's still a tremendous signing by the Clippers. The team has long been searching for a big man who can stretch the floor without being a major weakness on defense or on the glass. They tried and failed with both Byron Mullens and Antawn Jamison, but it appears they have finally found their man in Hawes. He is probably best described as a poor man's Kevin Love, being able to shoot the ball from deep extremely well, while still being respectable in the rebounding department, which is something most 3 point shooting big men struggle with.
Hawes fits well with the Clippers as their answer to teams collapsing the defense in on Blake Griffin, as any lineup with Hawes in it will likely have 4 players who can shoot the three ball, plus Griffin, and will likely not have a major weakness on the boards or a size problem, as Hawes does measure in at a towering 7'1''. Overall, great signing by the Clippers, with potentially more to come if a sign-and-trade is worked out.