The 76ers said after their past season was over that they were looking to get bigger and more athletic in the middle, whether it be via draft, trade or free agency. They may have addressed that area a little bit when they got 6-11 Arnett Moultrie in the draft last week, but yesterday they decided to go back to a comfort zone.
According to sources the team has agreed to a two year contract with last season’s starting center, Spencer Hawes. According to the source the agreement is for two years worth slightly more than $13 million. Hawes, an unrestricted free agent, earned just more than $4 million last season.
Though he missed 29 games due to injuries last season, Hawes averaged 9.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 25 minutes per game. He also shot 48.9 percent from the floor and dealt 2.7 assists.
With the signing of Hawes, which can’t be finalized until July 11, the Sixers now have three centers in their rotation with Hawes, Moultrie and second-year 7-footer Nikola Vucevic.
With the money spent on Hawes the Sixers other priority is to bring back leading scorer Lou Williams. Williams opted out of the final year of his contract and sources throughout the league said that he will garner a contract somewhere in the same vicinity as Hawes, perhaps a little bit more. Should the Sixers do that, their options after that would be limited, unless they decide to amnesty Elton Brand and cut his $18.2 million from their salary cap.