Another big man is off the board after free agent center Spencer Hawes agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Clippers for what is being reported as a four-year, $23 million deal. Hawes was the Portland Trail Blazers’ primary target when free agency hit earlier this week. General Manager Neil Olshey along with head coach Terry Stotts got first dibs to pitch how the organization could help take his game to the next level. From all accounts, Hawes was extremely impressed with the presentation. But after a few days of deliberating, on Thursday, according to Yahoo! Sports, he notified the Trail Blazers that he was going in a different direction and soon after, Portland and Chris Kaman reached an agreement. All Portland could offer Hawes was the midlevel exception, which is what he accepted from the Clippers. In fact, according to league sources, Portland offered Hawes the same exact contract -- length and terms – that the Clippers will pay out. At the end of the day, after stops in Sacramento, Philadelphia and Cleveland, the lure of playing in an area he knows all too well being a Seattle native wasn’t enough to prevent Hawes from seeking out a team on the upswing in a major market such as Los Angeles.
Blazers offered Hawes same contract -- terms and year -- Clippers got him for
CSN Northwest | Jul 6