Much to the relief of Philadelphia 76ers fans, 7-foot-1 center Spencer Hawes isn't going anywhere for the next two years. Hawes, who had become a free agent at the end of this past season, has agreed to terms on a new contract with the 76ers, according to multiple reports. The two-year deal is worth a reported $13 million, according to those reports. The 76ers had offered Hawes a new deal at the end of the 2010-11 season, when he was a restricted free agent, but he declined to sign at that time, preferring to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the recent 2011-12 season. Hawes was originally drafted in 2007 by the Sacramento Kings, before being traded in June 2010 to the 76ers. Since then, Hawes has averaged nearly 10 points, 7.3 rebounds, one block and 2.6 assists per game over five NBA seasons. He was hampered for more than half of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 NBA season due to injuries, although he did return in a big way in the playoffs to lead the 76ers to a first-round upset over the highly-favored Chicago Bulls. Hawes will not be able to sign his new deal until July 11, when the free agency moratorium ends.
Free agent Hawes agrees to terms to stay with 76ersBy The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Wed, Jul 4, 2012 6:00 PM EDT
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