Spencer Hawes agreed to a four-year, $23 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, Yahoo Sports reported Thursday. It represents a slight pay cut from the $6.6 million he earned last season with the Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers.
Hawes joined the Cavs at the trade deadline last season in exchange for a pair of second-round picks. He averaged 13.5 points and 7.7 rebounds in 27 games with the Cavs while making 45 percent of his 3-point attempts.
Hawes entered free agency with a preference to return to the West Coast and he got his wish, joining a Clippers team that won their division and advanced to the Western Conference semifinals last season.
Hawes’ departure leaves a hole in the middle for the Cavs, who still have Anderson Varejao and Tyler Zeller under contract. Varejao’s $9.7 million deal for next season is only partially guaranteed, however.To read more or comment...
Gordon Hayward is in town Wednesday visiting with the Cavaliers, a league source confirmed. Yahoo Sports first reported Hayward was meeting with team officials.
Hayward is a restricted free agent with the Utah Jazz. The Cavs have been targeting him for months, but know it will take a monster offer to pry him away from the Jazz, and it might still not be enough. The Jazz have insisted they will match any offer Hayward receives.
ESPN reported the Cavs are preparing what could be a max offer sheet for Hayward, who averaged career highs of 16.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists in what was his fourth season in the league. Hayward and the Jazz were unable to agree on a contract extension last summer after he was selected ninth overall in the 2010 draft.To read more or comment...
After months of speculation and wild rumors, the Cavs and Kyrie Irving took less than two hours to agree to a contract extension.
Irving will sign a five-year extension with the Cavaliers, owner Dan Gilbert tweeted out early Tuesday morning. Gilbert and Irving shook on the deal, which can’t become official until the league’s moratorium ends on July 10. A league source confirmed it will be a max contract worth about $90 million.
“I’m here for the long haul Cleveland!!!! And I’m ecstatic!!” Irving wrote on his twitter account shortly after the news broke. “Super excited and blessed to be here and apart of something special.”
Rumors have swirled for more than a year that Irving wouldn’t re-sign with the Cavs, but that was squashed quickly. The Cavs’ contingent, including Gilbert, General Manager David Griffin and coach David Blatt, flew to meet with Irving the moment extension talks could begin. They had the deal completed in less than two hours.To read more or comment...
By Michael Beaven
Beacon Journal sports writer
Wiggins also addressed the possibility of playing with former Cavalier star LeBron James, who has opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat and filed for free agency.
“It would be great to play with the one of the greatest ever,” Wiggins said.To read more or comment...
INDEPENDENCE: The Cavaliers selected Virginia senior shooting guard Joe Harris in the second round (33rd overall).
Harris is a terrific shooter who is a 3-point specialist. He ranks second in school history with 263 3-pointers made and shot 41 percent from 3-point range throughout his four years at Virginia, including 40 percent as a senior.To read more or comment...