The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that restricted free agent center Spencer Hawes has accepted the team’s qualifying offer.  Hawes is completing his physical at Main Line Health and will begin practicing with the Sixers today.  Philadelphia’s training camp roster now stands at 17.

"With the signing of Spencer, we now have our core returning - a group that is very familiar with each other, their roles and Coach Collins' system and philosophies," Sixers President of Basketball Operations Rod Thorn said.

Hawes (7-1, 245) started all but one game for the Sixers last season, averaging 7.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.88 blocks in 21.2 minutes per game.  Over the final 18 games, he averaged 27.1 mpg, up from 19.5 his first 63 games played.  The Sixers were 14-6 when he scored in double-figures.

In four NBA seasons, Hawes has appeared in 301 games with 199 starts, averaging 8.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.95 blocks in 22.6 minutes per game.  He was the 10th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by Sacramento and was acquired via trade by Philadelphia along with Andres Nocioni in exchange for Samuel Dalembert on June 17, 2010.