Updates from Thursday, July 10
The Clippers made Hawes', along with Jordan Farmar's, signing official on Thursday:
The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that they have signed free agent guard Jordan Farmar and center Spencer Hawes. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
The Los Angeles Clippers reportedly added some frontcourt depth on Friday by reaching an agreement with free-agent center Spencer Hawes, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:
Free agent Spencer Hawes has reached agreement on a four-year, $23M deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 4, 2014
Hawes passed on Blazers MLE offer Thursday, sources say. Chose between Clippers MLE and Suns space. Blazers moved on, signing Chris Kaman.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 5, 2014
USA Today's Sam Amick reports that Hawes' arrival in Los Angeles won't necessarily be a straight-forward signing:
Although the deal is for the Clippers' midlevel exception, the person said there's still a remote chance it could wind up as a sign-and-trade deal between the Cavaliers and the Clippers. If that turns out to be the case, Hawes' final financial figures could change.
A person with knowledge of the Cavaliers' situation, however, said it had not yet been discussed between the two teams and was unlikely. That person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation.
Hawes averaged 13.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game during the 2013-14 NBA season for the Philadelphia 76ers and Cleveland Cavaliers. He played in 53 contests for the 76ers before being traded to the Cavs in the second half of the campaign, where he made an additional 27 appearances.
After playing nearly 30 minutes per contest with Cleveland, Hawes said he would consider staying there when the season ended, via Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio:
Cavs C/F Spencer Hawes, an unrestricted free agent, says he's very open to returning. "Yeah, for sure. It's been a positive (experience)."— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) April 16, 2014
Hawes is a double-double threat every time he steps on the floor, as his numbers indicated last year, but he was part of a failed effort on Cleveland's part to make the playoffs. The Cavaliers made a handful of in-season moves, including trading for Hawes and bringing in Luol Deng, but fell short of the postseason despite some serious talent on paper.
Still, that didn't deter the Clippers from taking a chance on Hawes and his potential.
The fact that the big man is only 26 years old is the most encouraging sign for L.A. He is still firmly in the prime of his career and should continue to produce throughout the 2014-15 season.
Hawes will also stretch the floor with his three-point stroke, which is a valuable tool for a 7-footer to bring to the table in any offense. It opens up the lane for penetration, and Chris Paul will certainly benefit from those opportunities.
Hawes has only played in 18 postseason games throughout his career, and he would undoubtedly like to add to that total as the newest member of the Clippers. Look for the former Washington Huskies product to slide into L.A.'s rotation down low as the first big off the bench.
If all breaks right for the Clippers, perhaps Hawes can double his total number of career playoff games this coming season.