Cavaliers acquire Spencer Hawes for Earl Clark, Henry Sims
Atlanta Hawks' Elton Brand (42) looks to shoot as Philadelphia 76ers' Spencer Hawes (00) defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Philadelphia, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. (AP / H. Rumph Jr.)
Published Thursday, February 20, 2014 5:29PM EST
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired centre Spencer Hawes from the Philadelphia 76ers for forward Earl Clark, centre Henry Sims and two second-round draft picks.
The 7-foot-1 Hawes, who is in the final year of his contract, is averaging 13 points and 8.5 rebounds, both career highs, and shoots 40 per cent from 3-point range. Hawes, 25, is in his seventh NBA season.
Anderson Varejao, Cleveland's starting centre, has missed the last four games with a sore back. He also missed time earlier in the season with a knee injury and no timetable has been given for his return. Varejao played in only 81 games the last three seasons because of numerous injuries.
Cleveland has won six straight games, its longest winning streak since March of 2010, which was LeBron James' final season with the team and the last time the Cavaliers made the playoffs. Cleveland (22-33) is in 10th place and three games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Cavaliers acting general manager David Griffin, who replaced the fired Chris Grant on Feb. 6, pulled off the deal. Griffin indicated after the promotion that the Cavaliers would be buyers rather than sellers at the trade deadline. The Cavaliers were linked to talks that involved forward Luol Deng and guard Jarrett Jack, but both remained with the team.
Clark is 6-foot-10 and can play both forward positions. The five-year veteran, who signed a one-year contract with a club option in July, is averaging 5.2 points in 45 games. The 6-10 Sims is averaging 2.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 20 games. He's in his second season in the league.
The Sixers (15-40) have lost nine straight and 19 of 22.