Acting General Manager David Griffin has made his first trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers. With roughly five hours before the trade deadline, the Cavaliers have acquired Spencer Hawes from the Philadelphia 76ers for Earl Clark, Henry Sims and two 2nd round picks.
The 7’1 big man from Washington is a 6-year veteran, but is only 25 years old. He is averaging 13 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks this season. Hawes should be put immediately into the starting lineup, with Anderson Varejao missing the last four games with a back injury. There are also rumors involving a Tyler Zeller trade, but with Henry Sims involved in this deal, a Zeller trade seems unlikely because of the lack of depth at center.
Spencer Hawes’ contract is also important here. He has one year remaining on his deal, costing only $6.5 million. This frees up more cap space this summer, because Earl Clark was only in the first year of his two year deal signed last July. The Cavs are still working the phones, with Zeller and Luol Deng’s names coming up. Look for any breaking trades here, before the 3PM trade deadline.
If this is the only trade they make today, will you be okay? What do you think of the Hawes fit?