The trade deadline has come and gone. There were alot of moves made, as teams prepare for the free agency class of 2015. Moves such as former Brooklyn Nets players Jason Terry and Reggie Evans being traded for former Sacramento King Marcus Thornton is just an example.
However, one of the biggest moves came towards the end, with the Indiana Pacers trading Danny Granger to the Philadelphia 76ers for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen; talk about ending with a bang. There were other moves made, but they were only minor ones. In all, it was the busiest day in trade deadline history since 2008.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were involved in a number of potential trades. Luol Deng was in numerous rumors along with Jarrett Jack. Both players are still on the team, however, they did make a move that caught most Cavalier fans and the NBA off guard — they traded Earl Clark, Henry Sims and two second round picks to the 76ers for center Spencer Hawes. It is a low risk, high reward trade for the Cavaliers. Clark underachieved atrociously after a career year with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Sims has spent most of his career in the NBA D-League.
Hawes is averaging 13 ppg and nine rebounds along with 1.3 bpg, and he was the third leading scorer on the 76ers. That is not bad for a team that is in the process of rebuilding. The reaction of acquiring Hawes has been 50/50 among Cavalier fans; some think it is a solid move that will help propel the team to a possible six, seven or eight seed for the playoffs. However, most remember how bad he looked Tuesday, only scoring two points and having six rebounds in 29 minutes against the Cavaliers.
The move is a questionable, but will help the team as it pertains to this year and possibly the future. He is only 25 years old and can still expand his game. With continuous injuries to Anderson Varejao, along with inconsistent play from Tyler Zeller, it gives the Cavaliers another big man to add to the rotation.
Hawes is one of the best shooting centers in the league and can stretch the offense, but his inside game is still a work in progress. However, he is not afraid to fight for tough rebounds or get physical with other players who try to drive to the hole, which is something Zeller is still struggling with in his early career.
Mike Brown will likely use Hawes as he did with former retired center, Zydrunas Illgauskas. He will use him on pick and pops, with Hawes doing the popping, along with staying out around the 15-foot mark. He tried to do the same thing with Andrew Bynum with the Lakers and with the Cavaliers, but it failed.
He will have his first chance to showcase his talents to fans on Friday against the Toronto Raptors. In three games this season, he is averaging 19 ppg and 8.3 rebounds against them, which is the highest total among any center on the Cavaliers that played against them. His size will be needed going against the likes of Jonas Valanciunas and Amir Johnson.
Hawes might not be the long term answer, and he definitely isn’t the key piece to a championship, but he adds depth and size to a depleted front court at the 5 and 4. His offense and rebounding will be a welcomed addition as well.
It might not be the blockbuster move fans originally thought would happen, but it could turn out to be a solid one, and hopefully one that pays off.