Just prior to the trade deadline, the Cleveland Cavaliers sent a couple of draft picks, big man Henry Sims and forward Earl Clark (who has since been waived and signed with the New York Knicks) to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for veteran center Spencer Hawes.
When the season ends, Hawes will become a free agent and his future with the Cavaliers is certainly murky. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst believes the Cavaliers should keep Hawes, but it has to be at right price.
I think Spencer Hawes has a future with the Cavs if he’s willing to take a salary about what he has now. $6-$7 million is really good money for a guy like him. But, when it comes to Cleveland and unrestricted free agents, you’re going to have to overpay and the Cavs cannot afford to get into a salary cap situation where they’re stuck. Luol Deng, Tristan Thompson, Spencer Hawes: dangerous situation.
Hawes is averaging 13.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 blocks per game this season.