The Philadelphia 76ers have traded big man Spencer Hawes to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Earl Clark and two second-round picks, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports and David Aldridge of NBA.com reported on Thursday morning. Clark is making $4.25 million this season.
Hawes, 25, has had a career season with the 76ers, making his expiring $6.6 million contract an understandably attractive one to the Cavs. He's proven to be a true stretch center, putting up 3.8 three-point attempts per game while shooting nearly 40 percent from deep.
An outstanding long-range shooter, Hawes is averaging career-high numbers across the board this season: 13 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists per game while starting 53 contests. It's difficult to gauge his market for the upcoming summer, but in the short-term he is a solid offensive center who rebounds well enough to be a rotation player.
The Cavaliers can use a "stretch" option in their frontcourt as well. With players like Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejao and Tyler Zeller as Cleveland's primary power forward, center rotation, Clark and two second-round picks is a decent cost of doing business for a team still hellbent on making the postseason.
UPDATE: SB Nation's Liberty Ballers reports that Cleveland will also include Henry Sims in the deal to make the numbers work.
Liberty Ballers has multiple sources confirming Henry Sims is coming to Philadelphia along with Earl Clark and two second-rounders.— Liberty Ballers (@Liberty_Ballers) February 20, 2014