The NBA trade deadline has brought about another move, as the Philadelphia 76ers announced on Thursday morning that they had traded Spencer Hawes to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for two second-round picks.
By moving Hawes, the Sixers are now $11.7 million under that salary floor and can take on a giant contract in a trade without having to give hardly any salary back. The Cavaliers win in this as well, acquiring a big man they can now use in the second half of the season as they attempt to turn things around.
Twitter was abuzz all week with trade talk, and fans were quick to react to the Spencer Hawes trade news when it happened.
Absolutely no downside to #Cavaliers adding C Spencer Hawes for garbage draft picks. Adds depth, insurance for ailing C Anderson Varejao.
— Brian Dulik (@BrianDulik) February 20, 2014
— Matt R. (@doesntmattr) February 20, 2014
For the record, Spencer Hawes is the best.
— Michael Levin (@Michael_Levin) February 20, 2014
Cavs get spencer hawes who averages 13 and 9 for 2 garbage draft picks.. I'll take it
— Ali Zolgharnain (@youngarabmoney_) February 20, 2014
Spencer Hawes leaving the Sixers is so great. Now I can actually enjoy them a little bit more.
— Corey Cohen (@Corey_H2P) February 20, 2014
Thank god NO MORE SPENCER HAWES Softest big man in the league #mrsoftee
— Crudele (@JCRU28) February 20, 2014
Goodbye Spencer Hawes! Thanks for everything but time to go. Let the firesale begin in #Philly!!!
— Winston Wolf (@sid_dharta) February 20, 2014
I'm so upset, Spencer Hawes is my favorite player.
— Mike Prime (@LaMikePrime19) February 20, 2014
Adding Spencer Hawes will earn the Cavs the 8th seed in the playoffs. Watch.
— James L Edwards III (@J_Edwards_MSU) February 20, 2014