Keeping up with the news, Spencer Hawes will be back for at least one more year. From the soon-to-be-departing Kate Fagan:
76ers center Spencer Hawes has tentatively agreed to sign the Sixers’ $4.1 million qualifying offer for the 2011-12 season. Hawes is expected to be in Philly tonight. Signing the qualifying offer means that Hawes, who was a restricted free agent this off-season, will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2012.
Hawes started 81 games last season for the Sixers, his first with the club. He averaged 7.2 points and 5.7 rebounds a game. Hawes, 23, is a 7-foot center expected to compete for the Sixers’ starting spot at center.
We kinda knew this was coming. Even with a robust market for centers, Hawes wasn’t going to earn as much as some others are looking for. For example: Sam Dalembert is looking for a $10 million/year contract.* A one-year contract for roughly $4 million is cheap compared to the market and low-risk.
*Yes, another one. No, we didn’t forget how awful the first one was – it seems that a lot of others have actually forgotten about it though.
The Sixers, as I noted on Twitter, have their 11 most played players from 2010-11 in camp. While Mo Speights may not be here for too long, the rest of the roster will retain its look from last season.