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Hawes An Alternative Option Worth Looking At?

Not a guy you’d typically hear about in the NBA media world, Spencer Hawes might be heading into the most important off-season of his career.

With the 10th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, the Sacramento Kings selected the 19-year old, 7-foot big man Spencer Hawes from the University of Washington. In his three-year tenure with the Kings, Hawes averaged 13.7 points and 8.6 rebounds a game. Before the 2011 season, the Kings had to make tough decision to ship off Hawes to make room for their young big man DeMarcus Cousins. Sacramento traded Hawes to Philadelphia for current Mavs’ center Samuel Dalembert.

Three years later, Hawes was again traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in return for two second round picks in February of this past season. Hawes jumped right into the starting lineup the moment he put on a Cavs jersey, due to the devastating shoulder injury of Andersen Varejao. The Cavs started Spencer Hawes for 25 games, averaging 13.5 points a game and 7.7 rebounds.

Now with the Free Agency period quickly approaching, the Cavs front office main priority is to re-sign Hawes. With Kyrie Irving, Dion Waters, and Varejao still on the roster, the Cavs believe that Hawes is a valuable asset to this team to be a title contender. They also may be thinking they have a shot at a reunion with LeBron James come next summer, which would give them quite the squad, even though this fan might be getting ahead of themselves a bit:



Should the Mavs sign Spencer Hawes?

Right now, the Mavs are stacked with two centers for next year’s team, with the possibility of front-office not re-signing Bernard James.

Spencer Hawes would be a great addition to play alongside Dirk Nowtizki and Monta Ellis. Hawes shot an efficient career-high 41% from the three-point line, making him the top shooting big man in the league.

Hawes Shot Chart

Looking at the stats, Hawes has significantly better stats compared to Dalembert. But as we saw this past season, Dalembert is not too comfortable with coming off the bench. If the Mavs should sign the Cavs’ upcoming free agent, the front-office would need to trade Dalembert or Brandan Wright for bench guys or draft picks to make room for Hawes.

It’ll be an interesting off-season for Spencer Hawes as many teams could use a talent like him.

Credit: Vorped.Com (Shot Chart)


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