Kings pick up option on Hawes, who will back up Miller this season

Updated: October 16, 2008, 7:13 PM ET
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento Kings exercised their contract option Thursday on center Spencer Hawes for the 2009-10 season.

Hawes, the 10th overall pick out of Washington in the 2007 draft, averaged 4.7 points and 3.2 rebounds as a rookie last season. He is expected to back up Brad Miller this season.

Hawes will make about $2.18 million this season, and more than $2.33 million in 2009-10.

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