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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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Mavs, Bobcats Interested in Sixers’ Evan Turner

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The Philadelphia 76ers are in the midst of another disappointing season. The team currently sits with a record of 15-34, the third-worst across the NBA. It has become apparent that the Sixers are looking to move leading-scorer Evan Turner, if the right deal comes to light. Several teams, including the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns and Atlanta Hawks are reportedly in the mix for the services of the 6’7″ wingman.

Now, however, two additional teams have joined in on the Turner Sweepstakes; the Dallas Mavericks and Charlotte Bobcats.

According to Sam Amico of FOX Sports, the Mavs are weighing their options in a deal to acquire Turner, while veteran Shawn Marion is mentioned as a possible asset in the trade.

Acquiring Turner would improve the team’s scoring and open up more options for other offensive threats such as Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitizki.

Taking on Marion’s contract would make sense for the Sixers. At the age of 35, Marion is in the final season of his contract that pays him $9.3 million. Rebuilding Philly can allow him to walk at the end of the season, gaining more cap space in the process.

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer is reporting that the Bobcats have interest in Turner.

The Philadelphia 76ers are open to trading forward Evan Turner and the Charlotte Bobcats have looked into acquiring him, an NBA source confirmed to the Observer Monday.

Charlotte is seeking to make the playoffs for just the second time in franchise history. At 21-28, the team is currently the eight-seed in the Eastern Conference.

Ben Gordon may be an ideal piece in the trade for both sides. While the shooting guard is struggling with the Bobcats, he is playing in the last season of his contract, which pays him $13.2 million. It has also been noted that the Bobcats have been shopping Gordon. A change of scenery may just do Gordon wonders.

Through 47 games this season, Turner is averaging 18.1 points and 6 rebounds in over 35 minutes per contest. The 25-year-old is more than capable of helping a team not only reach the playoffs, but act as valuable piece on a squad that makes a playoff run.

 

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