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Sixers trade Spencer Hawes to Cavaliers

Feb 20, 2014, 10:05 AM EDT

Spencer Hawes AP

The Cavaliers continue their quest to try to recover from a series of unsuccessful moves that were all meant to propel the team into the playoffs this season.

Cleveland has acquired Spencer Haws from the Sixers in exchange for two second round draft picks, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. also has the story. Ken Berger of reports that Earl Clark, whose contract is not guaranteed for next season, also goes to Philadelphia in the exchange.

The Cavs added pieces in the offseason in Jarret Jack and Earl Clark — and most notably, Andrew Bynum — that all have failed to positively impact the team’s won-loss record. They tried to correct the Bynum mistake by trading for Luol Deng, but the disfunction Deng has experienced this season make it highly unlikely that he’ll choose to re-sign in Cleveland as a free agent this summer.

Hawes is a solid center on both ends of the floor, and has averaged 13 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 blocked shots for Philadelphia this season, starting in all 53 of his appearances while playing 31.4 minutes per contest. The issue with Hawes is the same as it is with Deng, in that Hawes becomes an unrestricted free agent once the season is finished.

The Cavaliers will hope to do a better job convincing Hawes that their situation is a good one for him long-term, and on the Sixers side, getting two second round picks for someone they weren’t re-signing anyway is a pretty good haul for first-year GM Sam Hinkie.

Cleveland has quietly been playing better lately, and has put together a winning streak of six straight that has them just three games out of a playoff spot in the East. That was the stated goal there entering the season, and the addition of Hawes could help keep it within reach.

  1. ryanrockzzz - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Well this also opens the door to Asik to come to Philly now. I wouldn’t be surprised to see that happen next.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      Disagreed. 76’ers GM Sam Hinkie is a tanking artist, and this season will be his masterpiece.

      Trading away Hawes for a couple of second rounders is Hinkie’s way of saying that he wants a top-3 overall pick, and he won’t be denied.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      Apparently the 76ers value Spencer Hawes less than hot garbage.

      At least Hawes has a chance at the playoffs now.

  2. timberwolvesbrisin - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    2nd round picks are meaningless…

    • zeedoubleyou - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      Chandler Parsons and Lance Stephenson beg to differ.

      With these picks coming from Cleveland, there’s a good chance they wind up top 10 in the 2nd round. If nothing else, they’re extra sweeteners to throw into trades down the road.

    • ewyorksockexchange - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      It depends on the draft, and how lucky you are. In a deep draft like 2014 is expected to be, the odds are better of grabbing someone who can make an impact.

      Michael Redd
      Monta Ellis
      Marc Gasol
      Carlos Boozer
      Gilbert Arenas
      Manu Ginobili
      Mehmet Okur
      Stephen Jackson
      Rashard Lewis
      Isaiah Thomas
      Chandler Parsons
      Omer Asik
      Glen Davis
      Anderson Verejao
      Marcin Gortat
      Paul Millsap

      All of these players were second round picks. Aside from Ginobili, there aren’t any bona fide superstar type players on this list. However, they were/are all solid contributors who brought good value to an NBA squad.

      So no, second rounders are not meaningless.

      • azarkhan - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        Wow, good work and thanks!

      • RavenzGunnerz - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        Paul Milsap is solid. I would take him over Josh SMH any day.

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        Isaiah Thomas was the last pick in the draft

      • sumkat - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM

        Just to add to that list from the top of my head, Lou Williams (not with ATL) was a 2nd round pick from Philly. He’s had his issues since blowing out his knee last year, but has had a very solid career

    • bougin89 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      Second round picks are far from meaningless. Most don’t turn out but they don’t have fully guaranteed contracts either. If you take a bunch of swings sometimes you get lucky/hit.

      They aren’t and shouldn’t be regarded as highly valuable but to say they have no value/meaningless is totally off base.

  3. fishfiletkray - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    2nd round picks are meaningless…

    Chandler Parsons, Marc Gasol, and Monta Ellis all disagree.

    • jbink2585 - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      Paul Millsapp, Manu Ginoblie, Carlos Boozer, Mo cheeks etc I agree with @FISHflie far from meaningless. Along with they got two 2nd for a guy they would lose at years end for nothing, and had 0 intention on bringing him back.

    • azarkhan - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      And Manu Ginobli was a round 2, 57th pick in the draft.

  4. liamj55 - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    He is a Timberwolves fan. His management never does anything successful…

  5. chc4 - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Love how everyone lists 2nd round picks over the last 15 years as if they are so easy to come by. Most 2nd rounders never even play in the NBA. 76ers got basically nothing for Hawes unless they find that needle in a haystack. It’s like people who say “wait til the 6th round to draft a QB, that’s when the Pats got Brady”. Nonsense.

    • zeedoubleyou - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Hawes has an expiring contract and was helping the 76ers win games, which they absolutely do NOT want to do. Philly had almost no leverage because the entire league knew that they wanted to trade Hawes, Turner and probably Young.

      Draft picks are great trade currency in comparison to a player.

      ie. A guy like Jimmer will have wide ranging opinions around the league depending on how teams feel about his talent and ability to fit into their system. However, a pick can be used on anybody available.

      • casualcommenter - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        Agreed. The 76’ers didn’t trade away Spencer Hawes for a couple of second rounders.

        They traded away **3 months of Spencer Hawes** for a couple of second rounders. That’s the trick. He’s about to become an unrestricted free agent, so this is a short term rental.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      Can’t find the needle without a pick…

  6. phillysports1 - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    I’m fine with that trade , hopefully we land Orlando’s pick . . .

  7. metrocritical - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Any transaction that assures the Pistons of finishing in the bottom 8 (protecting that first round pick from Charlotte) is a good move for Detroit fans. A top 8 pick, lots of salary relief and the removal of Joe Dumars (w/gratitude for his early accomplishments) and it might feel like this city has a pro basketball team again.

  8. volcom2143 - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Plus Earl Clark . He’s in the deal

  9. ljl2 - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    For those trying to argue 2nd round picks have great value: you realize you are naming outliers, right? There may be 4 or 5 guys from the 2nd round every year who have good careers. A good portion are euros who never come to the US. The guys who make it have to be in the perfect situation. Do they have value? Yes. But let’s not overvalue the 2nd round.

    Also, the cavs had a ton of 2nd rounders from other teams. Who knows if the picks were originally theirs or not. Details hVwnt come out. Also, getting to get rid of earl Clark is a pretty good move.

    • zeedoubleyou - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      I don’t think anybody is saying that 2nd rounders have great value. We’re just arguing against those who say that they have no value.

      Hawes had no value to Philly, so something is better than nothing. Even if they draft someone with a 10% chance of panning out, it’s better than letting Hawes just walk after the season and getting nothing.

    • money2long - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      4 or 5 is pretty good if youre saying every year. youre acting as if every first round pick blossoms anyway……

  10. lastdukestreetking - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    @phillysports1 – How would Phi get Orl’s pick? Magic own their own pick plus worse of Den/NYK this summer.

  11. phillysports1 - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:11 AM


    Cavs own Orlando’s 2nd round pick .

  12. phillysports1 - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:17 AM


    Spencer Hawes was helping The Sixers win games ????? You don’t watch Sixers games do you ? That scrub , weakest center in the NBA how did he help us win games ? Go back to bed .

    • zeedoubleyou - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      I don’t think he’s good, but he’s better than whatever d-league scrub you guys are going to be starting in his place the rest of the year. Therefore, I stand by my statement.

      Chill out Philly.

    • sumkat - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      I do watch sixers games…..and he was helping them win games

      Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this guy is an all-star. He is in fact, soft as pudding. But he also has strengths to his game. He’s a great shooter for a 7 footer, and awesome passing the ball out of the post for a big man, and can force the other team’s center out of the lane because they have to respect his 3 (shooting 40%)

      He’s not the type of guy you want in the middle if you are making a title run (unless he is by far your worst starter and his job is to just not mess up too bad), but he’s an average center, who can put up big numbers with the right mismatch. at least 3-4 of the sixers wins are because he dominated. His numbers aren’t eye popping, but he’s also only getting 30 minutes. With normal starter minutes, he’s a double double guy

  13. bknowledge - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    They both play just under 32 mins/game
    Chris Bosh: 16.7 pts….6.8 rebs….1 block….1 steal….57% from the 2….36% from the 3
    Spencer Hawes: 13 pts….8.5 rebs….1.3 blocks….0.6 steals….48% from the 2….40% from the 3

    Bosh clearly is the better player…with more potentail/higher ceiling…but…

    Not sure why Spencer Hawes doesn’t have more value. A team seeking to play with a wide open lane could really use Hawes. Hawes would have been a great complimentary piece for a lot of teams as a stretch 4/5.

    Knicks really could have used him. Carmelo really needs to play with a stretch 4/5 (so he can play the 4 on offense). Instead, Knicks gave a first round pick for Bargnani? Spencer is twice as good as Bargs.
    Spencer would have been great on Houston (back-up center and strech 4 next to Dwight); or on Golden State in that same role.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      Again, the 76’ers weren’t offering Spencer Hawes in the first year of a reasonably priced 4 year deal.

      Instead, the 76’ers were offering a 3-month rental of Spencer Hawes before he hits free agency this offseason.

      Teams don’t trade great value for 3 month rentals of average players that they can sign at no cost in draft picks this upcoming offseason.

  14. barkley4life - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Multiple picks in the 2nd round is where bad teams have the ability to uncover gems. You can take fliers on guys whose draft stock plummet like Stephenson did or stash a Euro player. Also with the D League those picks have multiple opportunity to get playing time, which in time 2nd round picks are going to be more of a commodity then you think. If you strike out you didnt waste money and if you hit on one player it can catapult you quickly in the NBA. Not title contender status but it lets you focus your free agent money elsewhere or open you up to multiple players down the road. Outside of MCW and Noel there is no significant talent on this team to BUILD on. Turner needs a change of scenery and Thaddeus is just an awesome 6th man role player type for a team.

  15. indrathegod - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Great trade.

  16. phillysports1 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:49 PM


    I can deff agree with you there .. But it just got to me how you say he helps us win games . Hawes is horrible !

    • zeedoubleyou - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      As Jalen Rose likes to say: If you’re 7′ tall and can walk and chew gum at the same time, you’re going to have a long career in the NBA and make a lot of $$$.

  17. sumkat - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Nobody is pretending NBA 2nd round picks have the same value as say, NFL 2nd round picks. But they aren’t worthless. You canfind good players in the 2nd round (not usually all stars, but role players, and/or projects). But they picked up 4 of them, today. I doubt anyone, anywhere would think all of those picks have a chance at making the roster.

    Besides the chance of finding solid players later, they can be used as trade fodder. A lot of teams at the end of the 1st, who don’t see a player left that can help them win now, would rather trade down and not be stuck with a 1st round contract on the books that will either push them towards the tax, or the cap if they have space. I’m not saying they will do that, but it gives them more options, which is always a good thing for a GM starting a rebuild

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