Spencer Hawes has agreed to join the Los Angeles Clippers next season according to Adrian Wojnarowski:
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 4, 2014
Spencer Hawes, the 7-foot center, signed a four-year, $23 million contract on Friday evening. Hawes was extremely interested in signing with a contender this offseason.
A big man who can shoot from the outside is a top priority for many of the championship contending teams including the Houston Rockets.
Marc Stein reported right before free agency started that the Rockets were interested in Spencer Hawes services. Hawes would have been the ideal back up big man for the Rockets as he brings a different play style to the floor.
Here’s Stein’s tweet from July 1:
Stretch big man Spencer Hawes drawing interest from clutch of contenders already (Blazers, Clips, Rockets, Mavs) on top of incumbent Cavs — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2014
He plays very similar to Kevin Love, but obviously on a lesser scale. Hawes is able to stretch the floor and create better spacing for his team. Last season, while playing with the Philadelphia 76ers and Cleveland Cavilers, Spencer Hawes averaged 13.2 points and 8.3 rebounds a game. He was also able to show off his jump shooting ability as he knocked down more than 125 three-pointers. He shot it extremely well for a big, shooting 42 percent from three.
The Houston Rockets missed out on Spencer Hawes as their number one priority is to bring in Carmelo Anthony. If Anthony doesn’t sign, the Rockets are expected to turn to Chris Bosh as another option. The Rockets’ increasing interest in Bosh shows Daryl Morey understands that adding a stretch power forward to play with Dwight Howard would be lethal.
Spencer Hawes would have fit perfectly in Houston, but the Clippers showed more interest from the beginning. The Clippers had been pursuing Hawes since the February trade deadline and it looks like they finally were able to land him in Los Angeles.
The Houston Rockets will have to take Spencer Hawes off their free agent target board; however, if they can land the big fish in Carmelo Anthony no one will complain.