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Newest Cav Hawes eager to join playoff race

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 21, 2014
Hawes, Spencer walking
Spencer Hawes is averaging career highs in both scoring and rebounding this season. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

TORONTO: Spencer Hawes knew Thursday was his final day in Philadelphia, but he was still surprised to learn he was headed to Cleveland. Hawes’ name was one of the most mentioned this season in trade rumors, but he never saw the Cavs in the list of potential suitors.

Still, he was excited to leave the second-worst team in the league and join a playoff contender for the final two months of the season. The Cavs acquired Hawes in a trade Thursday with the Sixers, then he hopped a flight to Toronto and met up with his new team just in time to go to bed.

He participated in Friday’s walkthrough and is expected to play tonight when the Cavs face the first-place Raptors despite not having practiced with his new team and being unfamiliar with the playbook.

“Our offense is not complex at all,” Mike Brown said.

The Cavs just faced the Sixers a few days ago, so when Brown and Hawes spoke by phone Thursday night, Hawes said he had a pretty good idea what the Cavs do.

“You probably do,” Brown told him. “What you went over in your scouting report is all we do.”

Hawes acknowledged all the losing in Philadelphia and all the uncertainty over his future began wearing him down recently. Hawes is averaging career highs of 13 points and 8.5 rebounds, but he’s averaging 7.8 points and shooting 33 percent during the Sixers’ current nine-game losing streak.

“We got off to a pretty good start, but more recently it was trying,” Hawes said. “It’s nice to have it resolved and have that uncertainty cleared up. I think, as in most things in life, it’s that middle ground when you don’t know where it’s going that can be more frustrating.”

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