THE 76ERS SAID after the season was over that they were looking to get bigger and more athletic in the middle, whether it be via draft, trade or free agency. They might have addressed that area a little bit when they got 6-11 Arnett Moultrie, of Mississippi State, in a draft-day trade with Miami last week, but Wednesday, they decided to go back to a comfort zone.
According to sources, the team has agreed to a 2-year contract to keep last season's starting center, Spencer Hawes. According to one of the sources, the agreement is worth slightly more than $13 million. Hawes, an unrestricted free agent, earned a little more than $4 million last season.