The Philadelphia 76ers have traded big man Spencer Hawes to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for two second-round draft picks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The move allows the rebuilding Sixers to stockpile draft picks while giving the disappointing Cavs a quality player who can space the floor.
At 15-40, the Sixers own the league’s second-worst record and are more worried about their success in the future than winning right now. Hawes produces, but the idea of obtaining two draft picks for him was too good to pass up. In 53 games this season, the 25-year-old is averaging 13 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per contest. Hawes also averages 1.5 three-pointers per game and shoots 39.9 percent from beyond the arc.
Cavs interim General Manager David Griffin has certainly been pressured by owner Dan Gilbert and the fan-base to lead Cleveland to the playoffs this season. At 22-33, the team sits 3.5 games back of the eight-seed in the Eastern Conference. Hawes isn’t a franchise-altering player, but he can certainly add scoring, rebounding and some depth to the Cavaliers. He is also in the final year of his contract so if things do not work out between the two sides, Hawes can walk into free agency.
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