(Editors Note: This post went up just prior to the bombshell trade of Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen to the Pacers for Danny Granger. Obviously Turner and Granger are higher caliber players, especially if Granger is healthy. Could he get bought out and come to Cleveland?)
In the huddled mess that was the NBA Trade Deadline the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired the best player that was traded today. While some may argue that Andre Miller, Steve Blake or others are better then Spencer Hawes statistics, even an “advanced” one, are unable to lie. Lets take a look at a chart of the main players traded today.
|PPG||Rebounds||Assists||Blocks + Steals||PER|
So Hawes has the highest scoring average, by 3 PPG, has the highest rebound per game average, by almost 5, is 2nd in assists behind Blake, has the highest Blocks + Steals and the highest PER. That Hawes is able to provide that kind of production for the the 76ers is less then surprising based on their lack of overall talent, though it is funny they had 3 players teams were trying to acquire in Hawes, Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young as well as the supposed Rookie of the Year in Michael Carter-Williams.
The Cavaliers were able to acquire Hawes using a small forward they aren’t using in Earl Clarke and a developmental big man that barely made the roster in Henry Sims, along with 2 second round picks that would be burdens to an already young roster with loads of first rounders on it. While Hawes contract ends at the end of the season the Cavs can either resign him, sign and trade him or let him walk with not much lost.
Hawes provides the Cavaliers with a stretch big man allowing Tristan Thompson to stay in his offensive comfort zone down low and to open the floor for driving/cutting players Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Luol Deng. Hawes hasn’t shown a desire to play defense but Mike Brown should help and his new scheme of having his big men lay back on pick and rolls will help Hawes tremendously. While not a slam dunk or “win the press conference” trade that many were hoping the Cavs “won” the day. That is all we can ask for.
Seen in this light does it change your view of the Hawes acquisition? It takes two to tango in deals it seems the Cavs couldn’t find a dance partner, of the rumored deals which excited you the most?