Ultimately the idea that a team would give a first-round pick for Hawes seemed unlikely, especially given the fact that Cleveland is currently on the outside looking in, in terms of the playoff race. If they aren’t able to turn it around in the second half of the season, then they could still be looking at having a mid first-round selection. No one in their right mind would give up that pick for Hawes.
As for the players that the Sixers got in return, Earl Clark had a solid season for the Lakers last year, but has regressed to averaging just 5.2 points per game this year in Cleveland, and appears destined to be waived before July 7th, when his $4.25 million roster bonus kicks in. Henry Sims is a second-year player out of Georgetown, who is already headed to his third team. He has averaged 2.2 points per game in 2013-14, and is under contract next season for $915, 243.
There is an argument to the idea that the Sixers might have just been better letting Hawes walk at the end of the season, but in the meantime, they get two second-rounders in a stacked draft (maybe a gem falls to the second-round?), and they become a worse team in the process. At this point keeping Hawes on the roster was of no beneift to either party, and having one of the few NBA caliber starters remain on your roster for the second-half of the season only would have hindered the Sixers chances to land the number one overall pick.
This move comes prior to this afternoon’s 3:00 PM EST trade deadline.
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