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 two 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 its 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.
There aren’t a plethora of centers available on the free-agent market. The Cavs have shown some interest in Channing Frye, while the Detroit Pistons’ Greg Monroe is a restricted free agent.
Contracts for next season can’t be signed until the league’s moratorium is lifted on July 10.
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