Spencer Hawes was a fun player to watch during his short stint with the Cavaliers, but the free agent wants to win now, and that’s what led the big man to signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The 7-footer could run the floor, move the ball, and could even stretch defenses with a nice outside shot. Between Philadelaphia and Cleveland, he averaged 13.2 points and eight rebounds while shooting nearly 45 percent from 3-point range.
Leading up to free agency, it was expected that the Cavs wanted him to return, yet no formal offer was reported in the media. Hawes also met with the Phoenix and Portland.
Wojnarowski writes that Hawes wanted to play for a contender, and playing with superstars, such as Chris Paul and Blake Griffin was too sweet a deal to pass up. The Cavs have a nice collection of young talent, but unless a certain free agent returns, the team probably won’t be winning the NBA Title next summer.
“Hawes was determined to sign with a contender and his commitment to the Clippers on Friday becomes a tremendous coup for president and coach Doc Rivers.
After missing the playoffs in five of his seven NBA seasons, the chance to be surrounded with All-Star talents Chris Paul and Blake Griffin offers Hawes considerable opportunity to flourish with his deft inside-outside game.”
The whole process might not be done, as the Clippers may try and engage the Cavs into a sign and trade with Hawes.
Hawes’ deal is for four years and $23 million. The Clippers would use the mid-level exception on him, but would like to save that in an effort to bring in Paul Pierce.