Cavs boost playoff drive, acquire center Spencer Hawes from 76ers

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The Cleveland Cavaliers strengthened their drive for a playoff spot, acquiring center Spencer Hawes from the Philadelphia 76ers.

Cleveland shipped two second-round draft picks, backup forward Earl Clark and Henry Sims to the 76ers to complete the deal.

The Cavaliers, who are three games out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference after a six-game win streak, had been in talks to get another center for several days.

Anderson Varejao has been out with a back injury and received a cortisone shot Wednesday to help deal with the issue.

Hawes, who is in the final year of a contract that pays him $6.6 million this season, averaged 13.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in 53 starts for the 76ers this season.

Clark, whose $4.25 million contract next season is not guaranteed, averaged 5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 45 games and shot 38 percent from the field for the Cleveland, which signed him as a free agent in the offseason.

Sims, whose $915,000 contract for next season is also not guaranteed, has averaged 2.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 20 games this season.

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