J.J. Redick of the Los Angeles Clippers hosts his own podcast each week and this week’s guest was former teammate Spencer Hawes.
The big man is currently playing for the Charlotte Hornets, but it turns out he almost became a San Antonio Spur. He was with the Philadelphia 76ers and he was a classic case of an expiring contract that would be easily expendable that could be moved.
Hawes tells the story of how he thought during the NBA trade deadline of 2014 that he would end up in San Antonio. Instead, he ended up getting traded to the Cavs and he talks about how it never ends up being the place that you hear the most about, but the one you hear nothing of at all.
“San Antonio was the one (team) I had been hearing and got ready to get in my car and my agent called me and said, ‘Hey I got news. You’re going to Cleveland.’ You kind of stop and as is often the case the place you end up is the place you never heard about.”
Hawes said that a midseason trade is not ideal, leaving a lot to figure out as the season progresses. There are rotations to figure out and most teams have built-in relationships so it becomes hard to break in, but the two shared their stories of trade and enlightened the common man about what it means to get traded.
The former Sacramento Kings first round pick went on to average 13.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and one block per game as he finished out that season in Cleveland, while the Spurs went on to win their fifth NBA Championship.