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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 CBSSports.com 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.

Comments

Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:24 pm
 

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal

So I may be reading this incorrect, but the Clippers end up giving away Al Thorton, Brian Skinner, and Sebastian Telfair, for Drew Gooden? That doesn't seem right...



Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:23 pm
 

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal

if they do cut z and the cavs can re sign him this is pretty much a first round pick for jamison.... this is a great move, hope it pays off for cleveland and lebron!


jim84
Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:23 pm
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Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:22 pm
 

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal

Well, there goes our advantage. The Cavs hadn't had anybody who could guard Rahard Lewis, but Jamison changes things.



Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:19 pm
 

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal

Big Z will most likely get cut in the next few days, and then re-signed by the Cavs.



Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:19 pm
 

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal

Hopefully this also includes a buyout of Z's contract and a return to Cleveland in a month. I like the trade even more if this happens.



Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:19 pm
 

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal

so glad we kept jj hickson, he has come on strong lately



Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:18 pm
 

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal

Being a Wizards fan, it's sad to see him go, but we're happy for him, as he deserved much more than being on a team with a bunch of scraps here.  Jamison will undoubtedly help the Cavs win the East, if not more...  I hope they win the championship at this point.  The Wiz look like huge contenders in the free agent market this summer.  Just don't know who in their right mind will come here to play...



Since: Jul 23, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:18 pm
 

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal

Thanks to Big Z for all the great years in Cleveland!



Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:17 pm
 

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal

Hope he doesn't now!!! Amar'e was a better fit long term, I think Jameson is better short term


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