NBA Free Agency 2012: Philadelphia 76ers Re-Sign Spencer Hawes

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 4, 2012

According to a tweet from Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to an extension with unrestricted free-agent center Spencer Hawes:

Free agent center Spencer Hawes has reached agreement on a two-year, $13M-plus extension with Philadelphia, league sources tell Y! Sports.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 4, 2012

After struggling through much of the truncated 2011-12 NBA season with an Achilles injury, Hawes emerged as a key contributor in the Sixers' first-round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls.

Hawes averaged just 9.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game during the regular season, playing in a mere 37 games. However, many fans will remember Hawes' hot start, as he paced the Sixers throughout the beginning of the season.

In the month of December, Hawes looked like the versatile center that the Sixers had been looking for all along. Hawes averaged 12 points and 12.5 rebounds per game while shooting a staggering 67.6 percent from the field. 

Although Hawes is not the physical, shot-blocking presence the Sixers may need in the low post, he's comfortable in coach Doug Collins' scheme and knows his role.

If Hawes is able to find a consistent mid-range shot and develop some more fluid post moves, he could help solidify a young and improving Sixers frontcourt.

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