Feb 11, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes (00) shoots a jump shot during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Clippers defeated the Sixers 107-90. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Toronto Raptors trade Andrea Bargnani to Philadelphia 76ers for Spencer Hawes & filler?


Sam Amico, a well-regarded NBA reporter, suggests the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers have discussed a trade. Specifically, the Raps would move Andrea Bargnani to the City of Brotherly Love in exchange for a pair of players, one of them being Spencer Hawes.

Does this deal make any sense for either side? A workable package would be Hawes and Lavoy Allen or Dorell Wright for AB. Time to cut to the chase – I hate any deal which bring Hawes to Toronto. We already have him, except our version answers to the name of Aaron Gray. (OK, OK – the real Spencer Hawes is superior to Gray. He’s got better shooting range from outside, and is more mobile, particularly on defense. We still don’t need the guy.) Our bench is already short. Linas Kleiza is in street clothes, and Mickael Pietrus might as well be. Given that our current Hawes clone hardly plays, what purpose would be served by having another one?

Jan 30, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Toronto Raptors center Aaron Gray (34) during the second quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

So I’m discarding any trade involving Hawes. Can we build a package from Philly that’s workable? Financially, Allen, Wright and Arnett Moultrie for AB passes, and would be a huge win for the Raps. Grabbing 3 youthful front court players would provide Dwane Casey the flexibility to play big or small which was lost when Ed Davis was traded. The 76ers are sliding out of the playoff race, and so may be in a mood to do a “let’s shake things up” trade, but surely not this one. Their roster would be denuded of their young bigs in one fell swoop. Tony DiLeo, the 76ers’ GM, might get fired on the spot for even considering this deal.

You can see where I’m going with this. I can’t construct a trade with Philly – can you? Please let me know in the Comments.

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  • rob

    Im sorry, I feel that you just have a limited understanding of basketball as a whole. It is so obvious that the Raptors need a vet big who can play strong minutes in both the centre and powerforward position.
    Are you really suggesting that Aaron Gray is that player?
    Are you in your right mind thinking that Hawes is ‘similar’ at all to Gray?

    What boggles me further is the fact that you are totally happy to trade for Ben Gordon, who legitimately has no minutes on this team, versus a Spencer Hawes who would actually complement the rotation very well.

    We need either a starting PF, or a back up PF (and we role with Amir as a starter), as well as a back up PG.

    Also, the ability to play big and small has not changed at all with the departure of Ed. Infact we mix it up way more now a days playing Rudy Gay at the 4 for small ball, and Amir at the 4 for bigger ball.

    Your opinions are very counter-intuitive and it leads me to wonder just what exactly you see when the team plays.

    • Newmarket_Brian

      Hi Rob: Hmmm…..I think you need to re-read my Ben Gordon post. I’m far from “totally happy” to trade for him. Here’s my conclusion “If I haven’t convinced you, I’m not surprised, as I haven’t convinced myself. This trade (which works one for one) would be another example of two teams swapping problem players, and hoping for the best.” Putting up a post about a trade doesn’t automatically mean I’m in favour of it; it means the player(s) from the other team is in play, and we should sniff around, at least.
      What I see since Ed’s trade is the Raps hoisting up jumpers, except on those happy occasions when DeMar drives to the bucket. What I don’t see is any of those wonderful big-to-big plays we were enjoying.
      As for your point that we need a big vet: Now we’re in agreement, which is why I was so disappointed to see Pau Gasol go down with injury. I’d rather wait for the off-season, then move AB & Landry to the Lakers. No Gordon or Hawes, although I could live with Boozer or Millsap (and I’d be thrilled with Jefferson).
      P.S. Yes, I’m very much in my right mind about Hawes being similar to Gray.
      Thanks for commenting.

  • Slap Dog Hoops

    Brtan, I think your old age has gotten the better of you. First of all Spencer Hawes is leaps and bounds better than Aaron Gray. I do agree trading Bargnarni for him is a bad mistake, however. Bargnarni is simply too talent to give up for so little. Hawes is not very athletic, and at best he’s at best a solid backup and not worth a player of the caliber of Bargnarni. And adding Dorell Wright? Come on, that’s simply ridiculous

    • Newmarket_Brian

      Hi Jeffrey: Hold on. I put Wright into a deal for salary purposes only, and to show how difficult it is to build a deal from Philly’s unimpressive talent. Their best player is Jrue Holiday, and he’s not going anywhere. Once Jrue was excluded from consideration, I couldn’t make anything work, and I said so.
      The only reason I looked at Philly was because Sam Amico said something might be cooking. I think we’ll pass these guys in the standings sometime around Game 65.
      As for the Hawes-Gray comparison? I agree Hawes is better (and I said so), but my point was, and is, that we have no need for a more talented version of Aaron. One is enough.
      Regards, Old Man Brian.