Cleveland Cavalier’ center Spencer Hawes has been a busy man.
Now that he is officially an unrestricted free agent, the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks are reportedly interested in signing Hawes while the Portland Trail Blazers are also very interested. The Cavaliers traded for Hawes at just before the trade deadline, sending draft picks, big man Henry Sims and forward Earl Clark to the Philadelphia 76ers to acquire him.
Those aren’t the only teams after Hawes. Two teams on the edge of becoming legitimate contender, the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers, are pursuing Hawes.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Hawes has already met with Warriors’ general manager and expected to meet with Clippers’ head coach and president Doc Rivers soon.
Free agent Spencer Hawes met w/ Warriors’ GM Bob Myers in LA, who has trade exception to use; meeting with Doc Rivers shortly, sources say.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2014
Both teams really covet Hawes’ ability to knock down shots from the outside. In fact, new Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr has made it a priority to find a big man that can stretch the floor. Of course, if Hawes did sign with one of those teams, he would have a reduced role. The Warriors start Andrew Bogut and David Lee (or perhaps Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love?) while the Clippers have DeAndre Jordan and all-star Blake Griffin in the front court.
The Cavaliers, however, are planning to re-sign Hawes.
Hawes put up 13.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 blocks per game while shooting 45.6% from the field, 41.6% from three and 78.3% from the free throw line.