After having Glen Davis as their best backup big man last season, the Los Angeles Clippers knew they needed an upgraded via free agency this offseason. While Spencer Hawes is certainly a solid addition to the roster, the Clippers overpaid for what they’ll be getting.
On Friday, the Clippers came to an agreement with Hawes on a four-year, $23 million deal that will give the team a solid big man off the bench in 2014-15.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 4, 2014
There’s still a chance that the Clippers could work out a sign-and-trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers in order to preserve their mid-level exception, but Hawes is likely destined to take up their MLE this season. They’re targeting Paul Pierce via the Brooklyn Nets, but might not have the opportunity if Hawes gets the mid-level exception designation.
Doc Rivers trying to work sign-and-trade w/ Cavs for Hawes, preserving Clippers exception to still target Paul Pierce, sources tell Y.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 5, 2014
Either way, Hawes’ deal seems too pricey for what the Clippers will be getting.
Although he’s definitely worth an annual average of about $5.8 million, Hawes will likely be headed for a rotational role in Los Angeles. Davis only averaged 13.4 minutes per game behind DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin last season during his time with the Clippers. While the team will be looking to limit both of their minutes in 2014-15, it’s going to be hard to take too much floor time from the talented duo of big men.
Hawes is a starting-caliber talent, but will be forced to accept a backup role this upcoming season. That’s why giving him such a significant contract simply wasn’t a smart move for the Clippers, especially since it’s above market value for a player of his ability.
Leave it to the Clippers to spend too much for not enough potential production.