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Spencer Hawes
C - 7'1, 245lbs - 36 years old - 10 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2019 season
  • Birthdate: 04/28/1988
  • Drafted (NBA): 10th pick, 2007
  • Pre-draft team: Washington
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
2007 NBA DraftNBADrafted 10th overall by Sacramento.
5th July, 2007NBASigned four year, $9,516,480 rookie scale contract with Sacramento. Included team option for 2009/10 and 2010/11.
16th October, 2008NBASacramento exercised 2009/10 team option.
25th October, 2009NBASacramento exercised 2010/11 team option.
17th June, 2010NBATraded by Sacramento, along with Andres Nocioni, to Philadelphia in exchange for Sam Dalembert.
11th December, 2011NBARe-signed by Philadelphia to a one year, $4,051,024 contract.
12th July, 2012NBARe-signed by Philadelphia to a two year, $13.1 million.
20th February, 2014NBATraded by Philadelphia to Cleveland in exchange for Henry Sims, Earl Clark and two 2014 second round picks (#39, Jerami Grant; #52, Vasilije Micic).
10th July, 2014NBASigned a four year, $22,652,350 contract with L.A. Clippers. Included player option for 2017/18.
15th June, 2015NBATraded by L.A. Clippers, along with Matt Barnes, to Charlotte in exchange for Lance Stephenson.
2nd February, 2017NBATraded by Charlotte, along with Roy Hibbert, to Milwaukee in exchange for Miles Plumlee and cash.
26th June, 2017NBAExercised 2017/18 player option.
31st August, 2017NBAWaived by Milwaukee.
2nd March, 2019G-LeagueAcquired by South Bay Lakers.
Career Moves
2006 - 2007Washington (NCAA)
June 2007 - June 2010Sacramento Kings (NBA)
June 2010 - February 2014Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
February 2014 - June 2014Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
July 2014 - June 2015L.A. Clippers (NBA)
June 2015 - February 2017Charlotte Hornets (NBA)
February 2017 - August 2017Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)
March 2019 - presentSouth Bay Lakers (G-League)
Articles about Spencer Hawes

September 4, 2018

At a time of stretch fives, it is of note that an early subscriber to the model, Hawes, was out of the NBA all of last season. He never made it to the end of the four year, $22,652,350 contract he signed with the Clippers back in 2014, waived by the Bucks last summer under the stretch provision, a team that latterly proved suitably short of shooting that they keep bringing Jason Terry back, and proved suitably short of help of the five spot that they actually traded for Tyler Zeller. This is not a great endorsement of Hawes, a non-factor defensively at an important defensive position. Nevertheless, with a high level of offensive talent highlighted by a jump shot the modern game allows him to embrace, Hawes could surely still score at the NBA level.

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June 29, 2017

Spencer Hawes
C, 7’1, 245lbs, 29 years old, 10 years of experience

It’s odd how his career has tailed off. Hawes has always been a jump shot-centric big man with poor offensive rebounding abilities and minimal defence, but he was at least a good offensive player and a 2,000 minute player. Now he’s getting about 10 per game and being used as salary filler in what should be his prime. And in a way, it was a career year. Hawes shot a career high in true shooting percentage (.562%), grabbed 21.5% of defensive rebounds, hit some jump shots (for Milwaukee at least), finished at the rim and passed well. The defence is terrible, but skilled offensive 7’1 players are rare. So surely there is a role still, even if it is not in Milwaukee.

Player Plan: Has opted into his final year at $6,021,175 contract. If re-signing Snell and improving the team brings the tax threshold into play, which is likely will, this deal is both movable (especially late in the season) or stretchable.

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January 1, 2014

Carter-Williams and Noel are the pieces around which others are to fit – for all the productive play of veterans Evan Turner, Thad Young and a resurgent Spencer Hawes (whose resurgence is due in part to Carter-Williams’s pick and roll connection with him), they are trade pieces or complimentary talents, potentially part of the longer term vision but only for as long as they are more valuable as that then as assets. For now, Carter-Williams leads the charge, with Noel and the high 2014 first round pick yet to come.

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November 13, 2013

The only way it could be would be to deal their few remaining veterans. All the turnover over the summer left the 76ers with Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young in the weird position of being the third- and fourth-oldest players, the "veterans" and the longest-tenured players who, at the age of 25, could feasibly still be the newbies under different circumstances. By default, then, this makes them trade candidates, especially Young, one of the few Sixers whose contract runs beyond this season.

Neither need be traded. No Sixers player does. But there are arguments for both to be. In the midst of his breakout season, and with an expiring contract that makes him a very palatable rental prospect for a competitive team, Hawes has value on the trade market. So does Young, a high quality two-way player tied down to a competitive price, yet to enter the prime of his career and also very good. Both might be sought after, especially Young, the sort of player who fits almost any team. Whether Philadelphia chooses to capitalize on this, however, is not something that should be affected by the surprising start. Even if it continues.

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November 12, 2013

Those not listed here include Joakim Noah, a high quality two-way centre whose slow start belies his proven quality, the injured Tyson Chandler, and Andrew Bynum, the great unknown who was once a great known. The enigmatic JaVale McGee is also not listed - for all his well documented bursts of ineffectiveness, the position must surely be deep if he is not one of the 20 centers in the NBA - as well as quality role players such as Anderson Varejao, Zaza Pachulia, Sam Dalembert and Chris Kaman. Even further down, proven veterans struggling with either injury (Andrew Bogut) or misuse (Omer Asik) are also left off, as are some up-and-coming youngsters (Steven Adams, Greg Smith, Kosta Koufos).

The names listed are often young, too. Davis is 20-years-old, Valanciunas 21, Lopez 25, Monroe 23. Most of the others listed are in their primes - Hibbert is 27, Pekovic 28, Howard 28, Marc Gasol 29, Noah 28. The older generation are still represented well, too - a 37-year-old Tim Duncan is still remarkably effective in limited minutes, and while Pau Gasol has trailed in little brother's shadow for a while now, he still posts a double-double in only 28 minutes a game at age 33.

Even Spencer Hawes (15.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg) is showing signs of life.

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March 10, 2011

a href="">Anthony Morrow, who was quiet in the first game and who was not playing in the game due to a concussion, was diligently shooting free throws, unnervingly making every single one of them. He was the only player out on the court during the latter part of the optional shootaround. When the layup line started, Toronto shot layups and jumpshots as a team for about two minutes, before breaking off into two distinct factors; the jumpshooters and the dunkers. Barbosa, Calderon and Bargnani led the charge for the jumpshooting faction; DeMar Derozan flitted between the two. The dunking troupe featured both Johnsons, Sonny Weems, occasional lashings of Derozan, and a dollop of Bayless. However, the troupe was unilaterally spearheaded by Julian Wright, who spent several minutes throwing dunk contest-esque self-alleyoops to himself, usually starting from an ambitiously long way, and completing very few of them. Wright had not played the previous night, and had not played in many previous nights, receiving only 9 minutes since Valentine's Day, all of them in blowout losses. Julian Wright, it appears, didn't think he was going to get any playing time. Julian Wright, it appears, doesn't want that to change.

(Wright never did play in the game, recording his second DNP-CD of the weekend. Given that he was later witnessed trying to play games with James Johnson on the bench as the Raptors called timeout while down seven in overtime, it might behoove Wright to improve his body language and demeanour. You don't have to look forlorn all the time; you just have to look like you're vaguely aware of what's transpiring on the court, whilst appearing willing and able to improve yourself and the team's fortunes. Julian Wright did not give off that impression.)

When it came to the player name announcements, events went down just as they had in the first game; same players (save for Vujacic over Morrow), in the same order, with the same levels of reception. The only break from procedure came when James Johnson, the first player announced, missed his turn in the post-announcement handslaps. Julian Wright found this funny.

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June 27, 2010

How Philadelphia balance their roster from here is not immediately obvious. Even with this huge infusion of talent, the situation is a mess. Andre Iguodala has been used as their primary halfcourt creator over the last two seasons, but really isn't that good at it; unfortunately, he plays the same position as Turner. So do does Thaddeus Young, a man who would be an ideal backup combo forward in the role that Turk Nowitzki fits for Milwaukee (and that Jeff Green should do for Oklahoma City), but who has to share time there with equally effective backup Marreese Speights and the remains of Elton Brand, with whom the team are stuck. Bad trades have also seen the team stuck with Andres Nocioni and Jason Kapono as unnecessary small forward options; meanwhile, the only average guards are Jrue Holiday and Louis Williams, neither of whom are really point guards, but whom also cannot really play together. It's an unbalanced team further penalised by a bad salary situation, a lack of proper two guards, and a centre rotation of Spencer Hawes and Jason Smith that has all the defensive intensity of a playground punch-up.

They've caught an enormous break here, though.

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