Report: Warriors GM Myers meets with Hawes in LA

Report: Warriors GM Myers meets with Hawes in LA
July 1, 2014, 4:00 pm
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Spencer Hawes averaged 13.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game last season, and shot 41.6% from 3-point range. (USATI)

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Free agent center Spencer Hawes is going to make a lot of money for a 7-footer accustomed to spending most of his time lounging well outside the paint.

And the Warriors may be willing to pay up.

Warriors general manager Bob Myers met with Hawes Tuesday in Los Angeles, according a Yahoo Sports report, to gauge the big man's interest in coming to the Bay Area.

Hawes is one of a half-dozen or so big men coveted by the Warriors for the role of providing production beyond the 3-point arc, a critical element in the offense to be installed by new coach Steve Kerr.

Though Kevin Love is the ideal player for that role, efforts to acquire him have thus far been rebuffed, forcing the Warriors to scour the market for cheaper alternatives. Hawes fits that bill, as does 6-11 free agent Channing Frye, another player expected to meet with the Warriors.

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Hawes, the 10th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, set career highs last season in points (13.2), rebounds (8.3) and 3-point shooting (41.6%).

The University of Washington product and nephew of former NBA big man Steve Hawes has parlayed that into what should be a handsome payday.

The Hawks are interested. So are the Blazers. And the Mavericks and the Clippers. The Cavaliers, who acquired Hawes from Philadelphia at the trade deadline, also expressed an interest in convincing him to re-sign in Cleveland.

At this rate, it won't be easy.

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