JULY 13TH: The Sixers have officially re-signed Hawes, the team confirmed today in a press release.
JULY 4TH: Spencer Hawes and the 76ers have reached an agreement on a new contract, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The $13.1MM deal will keep the unrestricted free agent under contract in Philadelphia for two more years.
We heard last month that Hawes was drawing interest around the NBA and could command an annual salary of about $7MM, but there hadn't been many rumblings about the big man since free agency opened. The Trail Blazers were said to have some interest, but it was classified as more perfunctory than serious.
In 37 games for the Sixers in 2011/12, Hawes averaged 9.6 points and 7.3 rebounds, along with a career-high .489 FG%. The 24-year-old battled back and achilles injuries this season, but has stayed relatively healthy throughout his career, appearing in 70+ games in his first four NBA seasons.
Hawes is coming off a year in which he accepted Philadelphia's one-year qualifying offer, worth about $4.05MM. Often, a restricted free agent coming off a rookie deal will accept his qualifying offer when he wants to hit unrestricted free agency earlier, to be assured of changing teams. That doesn't appear to be the case for Hawes though.