The Philadelphia 76ers traded Spencer Hawes to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday before the deadline. CBSsports.com confirmed the report, although the team has not officially made an announcement. Hawes was traded to the Cavs in return for two second round draft picks.
Not many teams are expected to be active as the NBA trade deadline approaches on Thursday, but the Philadelphia 76ers are one of the few. In a year when teams are trying to position themselves for the future by getting worse now, the Sixers seem to be the forerunners. Hawes was regarded by many as one of the three best players on the team. He was averaging 13 points and 8.5 rebounds per game this season.
An outside shooting big man, the Cavaliers are hoping he can come in and give them some outside shooting. They are reportedly looking to deal Luol Deng as well on Thursday, if they can find the right offer.
Philadelphia on the other hand is looking to acquire pieces for their puzzle. Two second round draft picks will not solve their problem. This has led NBA analysts to speculate that there must be a second deal coming on Thursday. The 76ers could look to move Evan Turner, but they want first round picks in return. Not many teams are likely to give up those kind of assets.
Spencer Hawes has an expiring contract that will help push Cleveland over the luxury cap line. The Philadelphia 76ers trade shows a pattern of continuing to drop payroll, hoping to make a push in the free agency waters this Summer.