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Report: Spencer Hawes reaches four-year, $23 million deal with Clippers

Jul 4, 2014, 8:02 PM EDT

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On the list of Clippers needs this summer has been depth along the front line. Last season Doc Rivers’ best option for most of the year was Ryan Hollins, at least until they upgraded to Glen Davis when Orlando decided to buy him out. So yes, the Clippers best big off the bench was a guy the Magic wouldn’t play.

The Clippers have upgraded now have upgraded.

Los Angeles has reached a deal to bring in Spencer Hawes, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Free-agent 7-footer Spencer Hawes has reached agreement on a four-year, $23 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Hawes was determined to sign with a contender and his commitment to the Clippers on Friday becomes a tremendous coup for president and coach Doc Rivers.

Doc Rivers is trying to turn this into a sign-and-trade, which would leave his mid-level exception to chase Paul Pierce for the three (another Clippers need).

The Clippers offered Hawes the full mid-level exception. In a world where Marcin Gortat gets $12 million and big men are routinely overpaid, this is a good value pickup for the Clippers. Hawes will come off the bench behind DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin.

Hawes is a skilled big comfortable at the arc — 35 percent of his shots last year were threes and he knocked down 44.8 percent of them. That said, he can rebound and he is a very good passer. He has a complete offensive game and creates matchup problems if you don’t lean on him to

This is a huge offensive upgrade for the Clippers bench — and the Clippers had the best offense in the NBA last season.

The key for the Clippers is Hawes needs to defend, that is the end of the court where the Clippers need to improve. Hawes will block some shots but the Clips need consistent effort out of him, and Hawes’ middle name has never been consistency.

In addition, this does raise some questions about the Clippers future up front.

  1. hierosouls - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    I hope they plan on keeping Jordan.

  2. garryfish - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Does this mean Pierce goes back to the Nets??

  3. andreboy1 - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    One of the worst post defenders I’ve ever seen.

    • thecorduroyman - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      Probably the softest 7 footer ever.

  4. nflcrimerankingscom - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    He’s a clear net minus in the +/-.

  5. cameltoehoe - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:20 PM


  6. zoomy123 - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Does Haes ever play good defense?

    • jeffkx - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      Hawes played here in Cleveland for two months. The answer is no.

      • zoomy123 - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:59 PM

        I didn’t think so. LOL!

  7. sportsfan18 - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Hey Doc…

    You’re team had not trouble scoring…

    You KNOW the importance of D as that was how you won in Boston…

    • kingperk123 - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      There still gunna trade him to get Pierce Doc will kill anything in his way just to get Pierce unless clippers trade JJ or a first round pick

  8. captainwisdom8888 - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    For the longest time I was one of the biggest opponents of Spencer Hawes, and it seemed that the more I criticized him the better he played. After a while I came to the realization that he is a whole lot better than I gave him credit for. Still, paying him almost $6million per season may be a bit of a stretch, but there are very few 7-footers who can do all the things that Hawes can do for your team. He’ll block some shots, crash the boards for you, he’s an exceptional passer, and amongst big-men he has one of the best outside shooting-touches in the NBA. With a player like Hawes, you have to commit a big guy to defend him, and when Spencer hangs out around the 3-point line that takes one of your interior defenders away from the basket…opening up driving lanes for his teammates.

  9. phillysports1 - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:27 PM


    He’s the worse big man defender of all Time.

  10. ranfan12 - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    what the $%&@

  11. clevelandrox - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    he’s a nice fit next to the defensive D Jordan… dam they still had cap space…

  12. grantgoodman93 - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    You say value, I say $7.5 million a year.

    • jetsfaninindy - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      Or 5.75 mill for those of us with at least 3rd grade math skills.

  13. adoombray - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    around the world, a million NBA 2k players just cried out in agony all at once that the most available trade asset went silent. (that game, it doesn’t matter how bad the players Defense rating is, it’s good enough)

  14. 00maltliquor - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    All y’all trippin’. This is a good pick up for them. Only thing for me is…you couldn’t resign Collison but you guys do this? Bass Ackwards…

  15. teabone413 - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    “The Clippers have upgraded now have upgraded.” what??

    • ranfan12 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:24 PM

      it’s like an everyday thing here lol. i can relate because i do it too every other comment

  16. cameltoehoe - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    This the the level of FA signing you attract when your (still) on record owner is a serial bigot.

    • kinggw - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      Can’t blame this one on Sterling. This is the mark of a coach who should not have personnel power. Some of the most eye opening signings have been by coaches who have been given the power to control their personnel.

      Now we see why that probably isn’t a good idea.

  17. furiouslytim - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Chides the Gortat signing and praises Hawes? What a time to be alive

    • adoombray - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      and calls Avery Bradley overpaying but is down with this. Bradley brings top 5 perimeter defense and an improving shot, while Hawes is a glorified Kelly Olynyk. a stretch center? what? the 5 is for the paint

      • kinggw - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        Bradley was overpaid. You can find a wing player in the NBA who defends well and doesn’t shoot well for less than $8M per.

        Hawes is a curious fit for the Clippers, but at the MLE, he’s not really overpaid. The C’s probably could’ve got Bradley for the same amount of time for $20-24M.

      • adoombray - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        I don’t blame you for not watching C’s games last year as I live in Boston and I didn’t much care after the all-star break either, but Bradley evolved into a quality 3 point shooter. So is Hawes, but the difference is Bradley plays Shooting Guard, a position that is supposed to have range, not the 5, which is a position that is supposed to defend the paint, which is the last thing Hawes does.

      • kinggw - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:45 PM

        He shoots 43% from the field. Even if he is a 3 and D player, he’s overpaid. You don’t have to watch a bunch of C’s games to know that.

        Im not sure why you keep bringing up what position he plays, its irrelevant. Bradley was overpaid and Hawes wasn’t.

      • adoombray - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:13 PM

        because the position matters. All last season we heard “2.9” as teams in the modern NBA want their dudes under the hoop 2.9 seconds before it’s a whistle. his shooting doesnt matter on a team that needs defense. on the C’s with nary a player not named Rondo that matters? worth every penny. This is the type of analysis the press is supposed to have, but instead we get blanket “this guy is worth this much and this is SHOCKING that this guy is worth that much” clickbait that doesn’t really analyze much at all. that’s the criticism i’m levying here

  18. lakerade - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    If Spencer and Deandre had a baby…

    • rossthebosspalmer - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      Oh, you mean Spawndre? Just entering pre k.

  19. sportsnut101 - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Better then what they had off the bench
    I didnt know he shot so many threes

  20. nadoinspincity - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    The Clippers actually have a pretty good front court defense. Its more the wings where the defense is really lackluster. Hawes, in my opinion, is a good fit; even if he doesn’t play well defensively. It just gives the Clippers the option to spread the floor and give Blake more room. For their front court depth they definitely needed another big who could score, which is what Hawes is. The Clippers are still going to need a better wing defender but it is definitely not a bad move and fixes a legitimate hole on the Clippers roster.

  21. innovativethinking87 - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Hawes ? Lol wow he’s hella weak

  22. mungman69 - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Spencer ALWAYS starts out hot then he cools down rapidly. It’s the coaches’ job to bring out the best in Spencer. Good luck.

  23. lazegowizfan95 - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Aww man I wanted him to go to a team like Orlando he would’ve been better suited there Clippers already have enough scoring and there going to bench this guy he’s not a bench player smh well his career is going down hill from here not that it ever really got to take off but yeah lol

  24. cantonb0und13 - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    I heard Hawes wasn’t impressed with Tim Howard defense.

  25. innovativethinking87 - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:33 AM

    Hawes is 7’1″ center that plays like he’s he’s a SG.. He sucks terribly. No post defense, no nothing

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