The Clippers have filled a major need with the signing of center Spencer Hawes. For $23 million over four years, the Clippers get a legitimate center who can score. Last year, in a season split between the 76ers and Cavaliers, Hawes averaged 13.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists, while playing only 30 minutes per game, and he can shoot from long distance, hitting 41% for behind the arc.
The 26-year-old U of Washington alum fills perhaps what was the team’s biggest need going into the free agency season, a back-up big man who has anClippers to rejoin coach Doc Rivers. Hopefully the part of the rumors of this that are saying that the Nets have no interest in either moving Pierce or in the players rumored to have been offered to them is as true as the rest. Those rumors say that a sign-and-trade would involve all or some of Matt Barnes, Reggie Bulloch and J.J. Redick, and draft choices. What a disaster that would be for the Clippers!
First of all, Pierce has had to play through and has missed some games due to injury, which at his age, will only increase. Also, he has averaged less minutes per game each of the last three season, down to a career low 28 minutes per game last season, scoring a
What needs to be the Clippers’ priority now is not some far-fetched give-away for Pierce, a pipe-dream of signing LeBron James, or even a long shot to sign Carmelo Anthony, which would be another HORRIBLE fit for the cohesive, team concept that has made the Clippers a winning team. No, their biggest need right now, in light of losing Darren Collison to the Kings, is acquiring a solid back-up point guard. That needs to be their focus, and I’d like to hear some rumors on that front.