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Report: Blazers offered Spencer Hawes same exact contract he accepted with Clippers

Jul 5, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

Portland or Los Angeles?

For even C-list NBA free agents, the choice is a simple one.

Spencer Hawes agreed to a deal with the Clippers on Friday, one that will pay him a very reasonable $23 million over four seasons.

It’s the full mid-level exception, which could have been offered by other teams — and apparently, it was.

From Chris Haynes of

Hawes was the Portland Trail Blazers’ primary target when free agency hit earlier this week. General Manager Neil Olshey along with head coach Terry Stotts got first dibs to pitch how the organization could help take his game to the next level. From all accounts, Hawes was extremely impressed with the presentation. …

All Portland could offer Hawes was the midlevel exception, which is what he accepted from the Clippers. In fact, according to league sources, Portland offered Hawes the same exact contract — length and terms – that the Clippers will pay out.

At the end of the day, after stops in Sacramento, Philadelphia and Cleveland, the lure of playing in an area he knows all too well being a Seattle native wasn’t enough to prevent Hawes from seeking out a team on the upswing in a major market such as Los Angeles.

The Blazers have a future every bit as bright as that of the Clippers from a pure basketball standpoint, with Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum acting as a very solid core for a team that knocked off the Rockets to advance to the postseason’s second round.

But with all things being equal, playing in the large market of Los Angeles is almost always going to win out.

  1. rrhoe - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    And after paying CA taxes that same amount will be even smaller,good luck with that.

    • thesmokinggun42 - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      Bottom line he’s getting payed millions to play a game.

  2. tampajoey - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Good pick up for the Clippers.

  3. sebjay - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    I’m guessing he rather live in LA than portland

  4. nfl4days - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Would rather live in Portland but thats just me.

  5. timb12 - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    The Clippers seem like they’re closer than the Blazers. I wouldn’t say it’s all about living conditions.

  6. campcouch - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Major market yes,but Spencer Hawes as a marketing machine,no.

  7. innovativethinking87 - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    I bet Blazer fans are breathing a sigh of relief. A 7’1” player with no post defensive skill whatsoever and plays like a SG? No thanks

    • sonnysuave - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:09 AM

      Upgrade from Portland’s starting center Robin Lopez? Uhh..YES, HANDS DOWN!!

      • innovativethinking87 - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:13 AM

        Spencer Hawes is not better than Robin Lopez. Lopez proved he’s a top 10 center this playoffs helping defeat Dwight Howard in the 1st round

      • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        He wouldn’t have started in Portland. And obviously you shouldn’t be commenting, so don’t.

  8. antistratfordian - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:39 AM

    He made the right choice. Sure, he’s from Seattle, but guess what? Portland isn’t Seattle.

  9. themagicfanguy - Jul 6, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    Crazy, I did some work in Portland and it seems like a much nicer place to live IMO. No offense to Californians.

  10. jucam1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    I love the crazy Blazer fans!

  11. officialgame - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    With Sterling still breathing and plotting why would anyone sign with the Clippers?

  12. lhollis74 - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    For all you people who claim to have “visited” or lived in Los Angeles and “don’t see what’s so great about it”, in an attempt to devalue the area as if it’s not a, if not THE, premier city in the United States, you’re in denial.
    I will concede that if your finances are very limited it’s not such a wonderful place to be, but depending what your financial situation it is a wonderful place to live with endless activities no matter what your lifestyle.
    I tire of the CALI haters and their condescending posts. I’ve noticed Cali res don’t crap on any cities in particular, but those haters always seem to speak out of jealousy to inform us of our flaws as if they only exist here.

  13. JT - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    He would’ve got more playing time in Portland..

  14. mutasian - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    not to mention the clippers could land another superstar…or at least another crucial piece to contend.

  15. rodyaugu - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    When Hawes visits LA, he saw the women looked better than the women he sees in Portland, so he chose LA.

  16. eugenesaxe1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    That’s OK, he isn’t freak enough to play here anyway. A line-up w/ him/Lillard/Batum/Matthews raining 3 would be nasty though.

  17. lightskin350 - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Please stop with the Robin Lopez top 10 in the league comparisons. He needs to have a couple more seasons like this last one before I even think about putting him in the top 10. Dwight Howard took Lopez’s lunch money in the playoffs scoring and rebounding at will………….and I am a Blazer fan.

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