The search for a stretch big ends today. After failing countless times (Mullens, Jamison, Granger, Turkoglu), Doc Rivers has his guy. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports the Los Angeles Clippers and unrestricted free agent forward Spencer Hawes have agreed to a four-year deal.
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
Breaking down the details of the signing, Woj notes the deal includes a player option in year four as well as a trade kicker worth 15 percent.
Splitting the season with the Philadelphia 76ers and Cleveland Cavaliers, Hawes proved to be one of the best shooting big men in the NBA. Averaging 13.2 points per game, Hawes managed to shoot 45% from the field and 41% from three, the highest three point shooting mark of his career. No other center who fits the 3P% qualifications shot higher than Hawes.
While Hawes impacts defense little, the biggest advantage in the signing is that he’s tons better than any big man Rivers had at his disposal last season. The highest PER by a Clippers reserve last season was Glen Davis at 10.3. Hawes finished with a near league average of 15.7.
By using the full-mid level exception on Hawes, it makes one wonder how the Clippers will shoot to fill the starting small forward position. A sign-and-trade for Luol Deng is still on the table, but the Hawes deal seems to lessen the franchise’s chance of getting that specific deal done. The same applies for a possible sign-and-trade for Paul Pierce, and with Billy King, general manager of the Brooklyn Nets refuting trade discussions for the small forward, that deal may also be out of reach.