by Sam Allard
The Cavs have acquired seven-footer Spencer Hawes from the Philadelphia 76ers for two future second-round picks and a player or players yet to be determined (looking like Alonzo Gee). Hawes' is owed the remainder of $6.5 million this season, but his contract expires at the end of the year. He's averaging 13.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in Philly, both career highs.
Hawes was a stud at the University of Washington and was drafted 10th overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2007 NBA draft. He played there three years before being traded to the Sixers. He's a good shooter — nearly 40 percent from three-point range, and a shade under 80 percent from the stripe — and a competent passer and defender. He's not an elite rim-protector (1.3 blocks per game this year) but his size is an asset, and he's bulkier than Tyler Zeller, for instance, who's been playing well lately.
The Hawes acquisition would seem to indicate, among other things, that the Cavs may not be confident in the health of Anderson Varejao, who has missed the last four games with an abstract body soreness. Interim GM David Griffin likely wants to provide depth at the center and power forward positions, where the failed Bynum experiment and the slow maturation of Anthony Bennett has complicated the rotation.
Updates forthcoming, but look for Griffin to ship Gee or Earl Clark in the deal.