The Cleveland Cavaliers have pulled off a deal that will bring Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes to play with Kyrie Irving and company, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Wojnarowski also reports that the Cavaliers will send two second-round picks to the 76ers in exchange for the big man.
UPDATE: Continued reports on the deal say that the Cavaliers will also send forward Earl Clark to Philly as part of the deal for Hawes, per David Aldridge.
Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Cleveland Plain Dealer is also reporting that the Cavs will send big man Henry Sims to Philadelphia as part of this deal.
The Cavaliers have looked like they could be one of the more active teams at the 2014 NBA Trade Deadline. Though talks have simmered two other fronts as they’ve been in serious discussions regarding deals that would include both Jarrett Jack and Luol Deng in exchange for new blood to inject into their roster, landing Hawes showed they have been working hard to get something done.
Cleveland’s interest in Hawes starting stirring up on Thursday morning—per reports from ESPN’s Marc Stein—which quickly evolved into this deal. The Sixers have relatively openly made almost everyone on their roster available for the right price coming up to the deadline and Hawes was not exempt.
Both Hawes and Philadelphia have simmered since a hot start to the 2013-14 regular season, but the big man has still managed to put together a terrific year thus far. In 53 games, the 25-year-old has averaged 13 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 blocks in 31.4 minutes per game while shooting 45.1 percent from the floor and a silky 39.9 percent from long-range.
Though the Cavaliers have reeled off six-straight wins in the midst of their former general manager Chris Grant being fired, there’s still a glaring lack of confidence regarding the Cavaliers’ ceiling this season and regarding their playoff chances. One big reason for their fall from grace since the preseason is the fact that Andrew Bynum didn’t work out for them as an effective offensive center before being dealt.
Hawes isn’t going to do much—or anything—for the Cavaliers often poor defensive effort, but he could breathe a bit of life into the offense. He’s a talented scorer that can put the ball through the net in a variety of ways, which could be interesting when paired with a point guard like Irving.
There’s certainly a chance that acquiring Hawes could backfire on the Cavs. Hawes has by no means been the picture of consistency over his six years in the league and his effort has been called into question on a number of occasions. However, this feels a lot like Cleveland’s front office taking a risk to try and get the Cavs into the postseason. It could work, but there is warranted skepticism about just how much Hawes moves the needle in a positive direction.