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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Warriors Acquire Crawford in Three-Team Deal With Celtics, Heat

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Though there hasn’t been any games played yet on Wednesday, the NBA world is already busy. The Golden State Warriors have acquired guards Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks from the Boston Celtics in a deal that sends Toney Douglas to the Miami Heat and Joel Anthony to Boston.

The Warriors have been looking to add depth at the guard position to take some of the pressure off Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and it seems as though they have accomplished their goal with Crawford and Brooks.

Crawford is having his best season as a professional basketball player, averaging 13.7 points and 5.7 assists while starting 35 games this season. The 25-year-old had become expendable due to the expected return of All-Star Rajon Rondo.

Douglas, who was averaging 3.7 points on 37.2 percent shooting, and less than an assist per game with the Warriors was not getting the job done.

The Celtics are clearly in tank mode after dealing their third-leading scorer for Joel Anthony, a big-man who could commonly be found at the end of Miami’s bench. In 12 games with the Heat, the 31-year-old was averaging 0.5 points and 0.6 rebounds in just over three minutes per game. Boston, however, did also receive a pair of draft-picks, something certainly key to its future. One of those, originally from the Philadelphia 76ers is lottery-protected; if the Sixers do not make the playoffs this season or next, it turns into two second-round picks.

The two-time defend champion Heat not only add guard depth with the addition of Douglas, but save an upwards of $10 million in salary and luxury tax. This could be essential to the team’s future of keeping its stars, such as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

The Warriors were already good – expect them to now be better, while Boston is preparing for the team’s future and the Heat are, well, still the Heat – just with some more money in their back pockets.


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Trade information via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports


N.Y. State of Mind

Losers of 6 straight, and 9 of their last 10 games, the New York Knicks are in a bit of a, “funk,” so to speak.  Acquiring a major talent in one, Carmelo Anthony, just before the NBA Trade Deadline, seemed to be the next big step, in “Righting the Ship.”  However, the Knicks have found themselves in a worse predicament than they were before the deal.  A lot of people, namely “fans,” are suggesting that maybe that was the wrong move to make, in acquiring Anthony.  They feel that blowing up the team, and trading away its young talent, was a mistake.  A record of 7-9, and falling to the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference, would also back those claims.  With the Knicks currently facing a potential playoff match-up with the Celtics, whom the Knicks are 0-3 against; the future doesn’t seem much brighter.

So who gets the blame in this situation?  We could point the finger at the Star Players, Melo & Amare, but they’ve performed consistently.  What about the bench…Or lack thereof?  Naaah, that’d just be a cop out of sorts and besides that only, consists of 3-4 players at max.  The finger can be pointed at the Front Office for making the deal, right?  Let’s face it; the Knicks weren’t exactly playing elite basketball prior to the trade.  Their record only stood, 2 games above .500, which isn’t saying much compared to where they are now.  There isn’t one specific, “Answer,” to the Knicks’ problems.  There are several things wrong with this team. Continue Reading


Lakers Look to Shake Things Up

Attention NBA: The Lakers may be looking to shake up their roster. Can they strike lightning twice, and pull off a steal like they did when they acquired Pau Gasol? Perhaps. Or maybe they are just looking for a slight adjustment to their roster. Or maybe they won’t do anything at all, and just stand pat. I mean, sure the Lakers have the second best record in the Western Conference, but they are 6-4 in their last ten and sit seven and a half games back of the San Antonio Spurs, headed into tonight’s game with Houston. So it’s not like they are fighting for a playoff spot, but this is a team everyone expected to run away with the West and make a fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance.

So, who’s available? I think of the main players available, Andrew Bynum, Shannon Brown and Lamar Odom would be most attractive. What positions do the Lakers need to improve? I think the small forward position needs an upgrade, and possibly the center position. So let’s rundown a few possible trade scenarios. Continue Reading