Sixers Trade Spencer Hawes to Cavs For Two Second-Round Picks

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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.

The Trade Deadline is less than five hours away (3:00 p.m. ET), but a lot of more news is still expected to be on the way. Be sure to continue to check back with Saving The Skyhook for all the latest on the NBA.


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Nets Interested in Acquiring Jarrett Jack

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The Brooklyn Nets are looking to add depth to their team and are reportedly interested in role player Jarrett Jack. At 24-27, the Nets seek to continue to climb up the Eastern Conference standings and make a playoff run.

According to ESPN New York, the Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers have discussed swapping guards Jason Terry and Jarrett Jack. At 36 years of age, Terry has been largely ineffective for his new team. In 36 games, the sharpshooter has averaged 4.5 points, 1.6 assists and 1.1 rebounds in just over 16 minutes per contest. Terry makes $5.2 million this season and receives a slight bump next year in the final season of his contract.

Acquiring Terry would certainly be less of a financial burden than picking up Jack, who makes $6.3 million for the next three seasons with a team option in the summer of 2017. The experiment of teaming up Jack with budding star Kyrie Irving has gone awry. The Cavs have been one of the league’s biggest disappointments, beginning the season in the playoff conversation but now enter the second-half of the season at 20-33.

In 51 games this season, Jack is averaging 8.5 points and 3.7 assists, down from his numbers of 12.9 points and 5.5 assists last season while with the Golden State Warriors.

Dealing Terry in exchange for Jack would help the Nets’ backcourt, but would also reduce cap space for the next few seasons. While Brooklyn and owner Mikhail Prokhorov have proved that money isn’t the biggest obstacle, this may hurt their plans to pursue top free agents in the coming summers.



The Downfall with Andrew Bynum and Cleveland

For weeks we have wondered what went wrong with Andrew Bynum and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and today we finally got the answer.

Yahoo! Sports NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski published an article late Tuesday night about how Cleveland had lost its chances at getting LeBron James to return after some bad decisions and a terrible start to the 2013-2014 season. In the article, he mentioned what exactly led to Bynum’s suspension and trade to the Bulls, who eventually waived him.

“Only Bynum never made it to the early January guarantee date for his full $12.5 million salary in 2013-14, and self-destructed. He stopped trying on the floor, and became a disruptive presence in practices. Before Bynum was thrown out of his final practice and suspended, he was shooting the ball every time he touched it in a practice scrimmage, sources said – from whatever remote part of the court he had caught the ball,” via Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports.

Who knows what actually happened during these practices, but this just adds to the list of troubles for the former All-Star. The Cavaliers signed Bynum to a two-year contract this offseason worth a total of $25 million, but the first $12.5 million was not guaranteed until January. Bynum didn’t make it in Cleveland until then. Since being waved, the Indiana Pacers signed Bynum on February 1st for the rest of the season. Bynum still hasn’t played a game for the Pacers yet, and hasn’t played since December 26th.

Dec 23, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum reacts in the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports


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