Feb 20 2014

Sayonara, Spencer Hawes

Those of you who doubted Sam Hinkie’s trade-deadline approach, hang your head in shame.

The Hinkmeister sprang into action on the day of the trade deadline, shipping Spencer Hawes to the Cleveland Cavaliers for two second-round picks and two expiring contracts.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports was the first to break the news:

According to Woj, both picks are 2014 second-rounders. Cleveland owns the second-round picks of Orlando and Memphis, as well as their own. At this point, it’s not clear which two the Cavaliers are sending over.

NBA.com’s David Aldridge reports that Cleveland will also send over Earl Clark, who has a non-guaranteed $4.25 million contract for 2014-15, in the deal. Henry Sims, an undrafted free agent from Georgetown, is the final piece of the trade, per Liberty Ballers’ Jake Fischer.

Basically, this confirms what we already believed: Hinkie is a freaking magician. He turned Hawes, an expiring contract whom the Sixers likely had zero interest in re-signing this summer, into two picks in what’s looking like the deepest draft in a decade.

Bummed that the Sixers couldn’t get a first-rounder for Hawes? Don’t be. As Grantland’s Zach Lowe notes, high-second-round picks aren’t exactly throwaway material:

Lowe examined the value of second-rounders in depth last August, which, given what transpired today, is well worth your time. As a reminder: When Hinkie was in Houston, the Rockets drafted Chandler Parsons with the 38th overall pick. That turned out pretty well, no?

Why did the Cavs pull the trigger? Bless their misguided hearts, they still seem to be attached to the idea of making the playoffs. Hawes, who’s averaging 13.0 points and 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 made 3-pointers per game this year, should help in that regard. (Is it worth hurting their own first-round pick and giving up two second-rounders? That’s debatable, to say the least.)

Consider this revenge for the 29-point blowout the other night.

As of now, the Sixers are set to have five second-round picks in this year’s draft (their own, Brooklyn’s, Houston’s and the two to-be-determined picks from the Hawes trade). There’s little chance Hinkie hangs on to all five. Instead, they’re simply another form of currency with which he can work his magic.

Four hours until the deadline. Is Evan Turner next?

  • robbybonfire23

    The acquisition of Earl Clark is proof, positive the tanking strategy continues, to no one’s surprise. I just hope no one thinks this team is “improved” because of Clark’s addition to the roster. His numbers are so decrepit he makes Tony Wroten look like Magic Johnson, at least on paper.

    • JulianW

      I think everyone knows that Earl Clark and Henry Sims were only included to balance out the salaries between the teams. The real value here is the two second rounder, hopefully we can include them as part of another deal later today to get more valuable assets.

      • robbybonfire23

        Yes, and we have given up nothing of value for some potentially helpful roster additions. Finally we are turning that block-long corner, where the future is starting to come into focus.

  • robbybonfire23

    This is why the Cleveland Cavs will not become a force in this league, with their current ownership and management. And why we in Philadelphia are blessed to currently have a more long-term focused and substantial management team in place.

    This “just make the playoffs” mentality, with a fringe playoff-level team, at the cost of not building for long-term serious championship contention, is a dementia infecting too many organizations in all sports. The real culprit, besides human expedience and buying into the instant gratification syndrome, is far too many teams making the playoffs. If they reduced it to a workable eight-team playoff field you would have a much more meaningful regular season, and all teams would have to build for excellence to make it to the post-season, rather than have half the playoff field comprised of Round of 16 “tournament filler” imposters.

    • Bryan Toporek

      Yup. Dan Gilbert’s playoffs-or-bust mantra screwed the Cavs starting on the night of the 2013 draft. That’s why they took Bennett over a project like Noel, which, given his historically bad struggles (until recently, at least), seems to have backfired miserably.

      Very, very glad that the Sixers are finally off that treadmill of mediocrity. Fluke things can happen, as evidenced by Rose tearing his ACL and the eighth-seeded Sixers knocking off the top-seeded Bulls in 2012, but that only increases the risk of a mediocre team becoming content with their current position.

      • robbybonfire23

        Excellent observation, Bryan, the fact that getting “lucky,” in the playoffs, counts for as much as getting “hot” at the right time.