The proposed contract would take up the Clippers' midlevel exception unless they can make a sign-and-trade deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers before July 10.
Teams cannot sign free agents until July 10.
Hawes averaged 13.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game last season with the Philadelphia 76ersand Cavaliers. He played the final 27 games with the Cavaliers and made 25 starts for Cleveland. He started all 53 games he played for Philadelphia last season.
The Clippers were looking for a big man who could stretch the defense with his outside shooting. The 7-foot Hawes hit 41.6 percent of his three-point attempts for the Sixers and Cavaliers last season.