Former Cleveland Cavaliers center and free agent Spencer Hawes has agreed to a four-year, $23 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. After playing in 27 games for the Cavaliers last season — 25 as a starter — Hawes will be heading out west after spending the last four seasons on the West Coast.
Hawes, along with C.J. Miles, was one of the free agents that many Cavalier fans wanted to see back in a Wine and Gold uniform for the 2014-15 season. But since the team is attempting to win big in NBA free agency this offseason, the decisions to not bring back Hawes and Miles don’t come as much of a shock.
But for Hawes and Miles, the moves have to make Cavs fans happy for their individual successes. Both teams signed with contenders and are making more money because of their success with the Cavaliers this past season. As a Cavalier, Hawes averaged 13.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 blocks, while shooting 46.8 percent from the field, a career-high 44.8 percent from three and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. Hawes will be able to bring his size and shooting to the table for the Clippers, something that is rare for modern-day NBA big men.