Bill Simmons, editor-in-chief of the website Grantland, tweeted Dec. 19 that the
Wrote Simmons: "Biggest summer mistake was the Clips signing Hawes instead of Pierce (who wanted to go to LA). Pretty sure they'd do that one over."
"He's got it wrong and that's all I'll say," Rivers said.
Hawes, who returned to the court Dec. 29 against the
Pierce is averaging 13 points and 4.5 rebounds in 27 minutes a game for Washington this season. Over his 17-season career, he's averaged 21.1 points and 5.9 rebounds in 35.8 minutes.
Rivers said that Hawes adds a lot to the team, and the coach has praised the backup center's willingness to play in a reserve role.