Although Spencer Hawes of the Philadelphia 76ers has played in only 37 games this season he is an integral part to the 76ers' future plans. Also with the difficulty of finding a legit NBA center on the free-agent market teams opt to keep the ones they already have for as long as they can.
Hawes will become an unrestricted free agent this summer after opting to sign the one-year qualifying offer for the 2011-12 NBA season and as a result could see multiple offers come his way, being a young and developing center with great size (over seven feet tall) and shooting range.
Although not a popular name around the league just yet, Hawes has the potential to become something bigger and better. This concept is what drives free agency and why teams are willing to throw big money at particular players.
Hawes has played well in the past two games (scoring 21 and 22 points, respectively) against the Chicago Bulls, where the 76ers have a 3-1 lead and can close out the series with a road win at the United Center. The series has taken a different turn after the Bulls lost Derrick Rose in Game 1 and were without starting center Joakim Noah in Game 4 and possibly for Game 5 also.
By performing well in the postseason, Hawes could be raising the potential price of his next NBA contract.