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Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal

Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:07 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2010 12:38 am

Before the All-Star break, LeBron James made it clear to Cavaliers management what he wanted to see them accomplish at the trade deadline. "Go get Antawn," the King told the Cleveland brass, according to sources.

The Cavs -- and LeBron -- got their man Wednesday night as Cleveland agreed to a three-team, blockbuster deal to acquire Antawn Jamison from the Wizards.

The Cavs get Jamison from Washington and Sebastian Telfair from the Clippers, who send Al Thornton to the Wizards. Washington also receives a 2010 first-round pick, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and the rights to 2009 second-round pick Emir Preldzic from Cleveland. The Wizards send Drew Gooden to the Clippers. The trade received league approval late Wednesday night.

Sources told that Gooden, traded from Dallas to Washington over the weekend, could be bought out or -- get this -- possibly traded yet again. Ilgauskas, a fan favorite in Cleveland who has spent his entire career there, also could be in line for a buyout that would open the door to returning to the Cavs in 30 days. Sources expect there to be competition for Big Z's services, however. His agent, Herb Rudoy, told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer that he's already heard from several teams, with Denver and Dallas likely to be among them.

The six-player trade accomplishes vastly different goals across the NBA landscape: Solidifying the Cavs' status as the team to beat in the East, if not the NBA; hastening the controlled implosion of the Wizards after the Gilbert Arenas fiasco; and the tried and true pastime of saving the Clippers money.

It also solidified the Heat as the front runner to acquire Amar'e Stoudemire from the Suns -- if Phoenix decides to trade him. Rival execs believe that to be a foregone conclusion due to the likelihood that Stoudemire will not be able to work out a long-term agreement with the Suns. Although Phoenix apparently is not thrilled with Miami's offer -- which according to a source includes Michael Beasley and a first-round pick -- the Suns may have little choice but to go through with the deal rather than have their 2010-11 cap space eaten up by Stoudemire and face losing him with no compensation. The Sixers, who have been on the periphery of the Stoudemire discussions, are no longer involved, sources said.

The Cavs' pursuit of an All-Star caliber running mate to pair with James for the stretch run -- and, they hope, beyond -- circled back to where it started a few weeks ago. The Wizards, at the time, were too much in flux to nail down the particulars, and then Cleveland became involved in discussions with Phoenix for Stoudemire.

The Stoudemire situation, in which the Suns were trying to squeeze the best offer out of Cleveland or Miami, would've required the Cavs sending talented young big man J.J. Hickson in addition to Ilgauskas and their No. 1 pick. Due to Jamison's age (33) and contract ($28.4 million remaining over the next two seasons), Cleveland wasn't required to part with Hickson in the Washington deal.

In any event, some elements of the Cavs' hierarchy believed Jamison was a better fit for their team anyway. It's hard not to agree; the Cavs are a defensive team whose only flaw on the offensive end was lacking a spot-up shooter who could stretch the frontcourt. Stoudemire didn't fit that description at all, but Jamison fits it perfectly. Their inability to defend and score from the stretch-four position was their undoing in the playoffs against Orlando. Problem solved. The addition of Jamison makes the Cavs, who already have a league-best 43-11 record, the clear favorite to come out of the East and only enhances their chances in a potential NBA Finals matchup against the Lakers, Denver or Dallas.

Stoudemire's lack of defensive impact, combined with the fact that he didn't pair well with Shaquille O'Neal when they were teammates in Phoenix, tipped to scales in Jamison's favor. So did the fact that rival executives believe the Phoenix was more interested in Miami's offer for Stoudemire, which would include a higher first-round pick -- potentially in the lottery, depending on how the Heat finish the season.

Depending on what happens with Ilgauskas, the Wizards are within striking distance of getting under the luxury tax line -- a stunningly swift and effective demolition of a roster that was loaded with payroll black holes stretching for years. GM Ernie Grunfeld and assistant GM Tommy Sheppard made sure the impact of the devastating Gilbert Arenas firearms suspension would not linger into the summer -- at least financially. In the span of four days, the Wizards shed 60 percent of their starting lineup and nearly $39 million in salary over the next two seasons. Their haul was two potential rotation players -- Josh Howard and Thornton -- plus a first-round pick. Now, the biggest question remains: What to do about Arenas, who is owed $80 million over the next four seasons.


Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2010 9:30 am

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal

He loves the city and why would he want to go else where when no other team has what the Cavs have.

Please tell me what that means exactly?? First of all we don't have to be Cavs fans to understand the NBA or to know what Z brings to the table so get off your high horse and stop thinking you know more then anybody else just because you've read a couple more quotes then everybody else has.

Z is an excellent player and I think the Cavs made a big mistake letting him go. Furthermore I think you'll find out very quickly that in a 7 game series Shaq isn't the answer anymore and that Z would be a better option.....  so you better pray you're right and that he does get cut and does re-sign with the Cavs.

Finally, why do you insist that Z wouldn't go anywhere else???  What do you mean that no other team has what the Cavs have?  If my memory serves me correctly, the Cavs with Lebron have been to the finals one time and got their ass kicked in their only appearance in the finals.  And if not for LeBron scoring something like an unprecedented 30 points or whatever in a row against the Pistons that one game they don't even get there once.

There are a few teams that can benefit by signing Z and Z can benefit his career and his pocket by signing with somebody else.  I won't even pretend to know what he's going to do IF he's cut..... but I will say this much for sure and that is to say he wouldn't sign with anybody else is flat out stupid..... 

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 11:19 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal

But JAMISON IS A STUD, and is the final piece to the CHAMPIONSHIP PUZZLE
Maybe, maybe not.  Who knows?  Remember last year?  If not for a miraculous shot in game 2 at the buzzer by James they get SWEPT by Orlando.  Not beat... but swept.   Did anybody predict that was even a possibility???  Did anybody predict Orlando to knock out Cleveland in 6 games??? 

Doubt it.   Playoff basketball is a little different.  I still don't know who on Cleveland is going to stop Dwight Howard in a 7 game series.  Please... PLEASE don't tell me Shaq is going to do it because I'll laugh so hard that i'll piss my pants.

Shaq in his prime was awesome.  Shaq right now can't even come close to competing for 10 days against Howard.....

If Cleveland can contain him, they win the series.  If they can't contain Howard, they'll lose again.  Pretty simple...

Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2010 9:01 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal

The Wizards should change their team name to the Generals. The rest of the league can be the Globetrotters.

How does a team like the Wiz ask people to spend money for a ticket to see one of their games. Not only are they horrible they have no one that is even remotely interesting to watch. I thought the NBA was all about being entertaining. Whats entertaining about this team? Why would anyone go and watch them for free, let alone for the cost of a ticket?

Shouldn't they just forfeit the rest of the season? What they really need is to finish as bad as possible so they can draft as high as posible.  They can just lose and lose and lose until they get lucky and draft the next Lebron. Or maybe Howard and Thorton are really good and I am out of line.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 6:49 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal

Getting Amare is absolutely impossible. The only way was to trade big Z for him. It is not possible and not at all probable so forget it. The Cavs got the better guy anyway and did not have to give up JJ Hickson. Jamison will play D where Amare was not a defensive player at all. Amare would not have fit in. Leave him in sunny Phoenix.

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 4:54 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal

That's funny stuff.  It's obvious you've never played a team sport, or weren't much of a team player.

What every player on the team wants is to win a championship.  Getting Jamison makes them better and improves their chances.  43-11 is irrelevant - this is about winning a championship.

Seriously, how deep did you have to dig to come up with this ridiculous "point"?
I'm the ridiculous one? Then tell me, what exactly was your point, other than to attempt to insult me?

You really think some platitude about players wanting to win reflects at all how these guys feel?

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 4:21 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal

Gotta say that I was shocked, even though it is a great pickup, I feel bad losing ZZZ who I hope does come back because he deserves to retire as a CAV ! 

But JAMISON IS A STUD, and is the final piece to the CHAMPIONSHIP PUZZLE (keeping Hickson is good move also).
Throw in Telfair, the guy can play and shoot the 3's .

Good move Danny Ferry, now up to Gilbert to keep LeBron here for continued success!


Since: Aug 12, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:32 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal

I love this trade!  Cavs are now the favorite over the Lakers to win it.  They, obviously, still need to go out and beat a lot of good teams in the playoffs, but I am putting down my bet now for them to win it all.

Z will re-sign with the Cavs.  Cleveland loves Z, Z loves Cleveland, Ferry loves Z, Gilbert loves Z, Z is a great professional.

Amere'ia is a good player, but immature and would have cost the Cavs Hickson.  Hickson will make 3 all star appearances before he reitres.

We gave up a low first round pick for Jamison.  NBA, Gotta Love It!

Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 12:45 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal

This is the missing piece to the puzzle that will help the Cavs win it all this year.  He is good player and will fit in very well with the King.  The Cavs will be tough to beat and made a smart trade based on the future of the King staying in Cleveland and Antawn will be happy on a winning team.  This is a Win, Win situation for the Cavs.

Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 12:20 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal

Everyone keeps talking about Z going back to the Cavs. 

Remember how he felt after being snubbed by the Cavs when he set the most games played record early this season? 

This is snub number two.  Don't be surprised if he goes to the highest bidder (Dallas or Denver).

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 11:55 am

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal

Worse, now every player on that team has to be asking themselves the same thing, what's wrong with us that our team mgmt/coach doesn't think 43-11 is good enough? That's funny stuff.  It's obvious you've never played a team sport, or weren't much of a team player.

What every player on the team wants is to win a championship.  Getting Jamison makes them better and improves their chances.  43-11 is irrelevant - this is about winning a championship.

Seriously, how deep did you have to dig to come up with this ridiculous "point"? 

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