The Cavaliers have acquired center Spencer Hawes from the Philadelphia 76ers for Earl Clark, Henry Sims and a pair of second-round picks, a league source confirmed to the Beacon Journal. The 7-foot-1 Hawes is in the final year of a deal paying him $6.5 million. He is averaging 13 points and 8.5 rebounds this season, both career highs, in his seventh year in the league.
It was the only move the Cavs made on a day filled with plenty of rumors, but little action. The Cavs had shopped Tyler Zeller for the last few days, a league source told the Beacon Journal, and engaged the Los Angeles Clippers in a deal involving Reggie Bullock. But the deal fell through. The Cavs also had talks with the Washington Wizards on a deal involving Luol Deng and Trevor Ariza, but talks didn’t get far.
The Cavs were searching for a first-round pick in exchange for Deng, but first-round picks were at a premium at this trade deadline and few were moved, so the Cavs will keep Deng and his $14 million salary. They will also own his Bird rights this summer if they attempt to re-sign him.
The Cavs had a couple of teams interested in Jarrett Jack the last few days, but ultimately held onto him and the two guaranteed years and $13 million left on his contract. They will inevitably try to trade him again around the draft in an attempt to clear that salary off the books heading into free agency.
In Hawes, the Cavs get a legitimate 7-footer who can play power forward or center. He is a liability defensively, but he has good range and can space the floor, and opening the floor was a priority for acting General Manager David Griffin at this trade deadline.
Now it will be Mike Brown’s job to make all the pieces fit. Anderson Varejao is battling a sore back, but those within the team insist he isn’t expected to be out much longer. When Varejao returns, Brown must find minutes for Varejao, Hawes, Tristan Thompson, Zeller and Anthony Bennett. At first glance, it would seem either Zeller or Bennett is vulnerable to losing minutes and both have played well lately.
Yahoo Sports first reported the Hawes trade.