Although all signs point to the Cleveland Cavaliers losing one of the free agents they acquired via trade during the season in forward Luol Deng, all signs point the Cavaliers keeping another.
According to Terry Pluto of The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Cavaliers want to re-sign center Spencer Hawes.
1. Other than Deng, the other major player is Spencer Hawes, who the Cavs want back. Griffin values big men who can pass and shoot. The Cavs have been asking Hawes to shoot even more.
2. Since being obtained in a deal with Philadelphia for a pair of second-round picks, Hawes is averaging 14 points, 7.7 rebounds and shooting .464. On 3-pointers, he’s at .457. His outside shooting allows the middle to be open, creating room for Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving to drive to the rim.
3. Spencer should be the main priority among the team’s free agents. But Griffin also likes C.J. Miles, who averaged 9.9 points while shooting .435 (.393 on 3-pointers).
Hawes was acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for forward Earl Clark (who was waived and signed with the New York Knicks), big man Henry Sims and a couple of picks just before the trade deadline.
On the season, Hawes is averaging 13.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 blocks per game.