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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: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:06 am

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal


You have no idea what level of fan I am, with regards to Z.  You claim such blind allegiance from Z, but you haven't a clue how he'll react if he's set free by the Wizards.  You "hope" he'll return, but he might opt to go to another contender that will RESPECT him just as the Cavs did before they traded him.

There are plenty of OTHER NBA teams that could and would benefit from a player of Z's ability.  Expecting him to return to the Cavs "fold" is ignorant on your part.  At least have the balls to entertain the idea that Z might just want to play for another team.  Besides the Mavs, the Heat, Hawks, Thunder, Hornets, Nuggets and Suns could all use his help.  Z poses a threat in many areas and despite his tenure with the Cavs, he might just want to play for a team that affords him the opportunity to bank more money and play more minutes.  Expecting Z to "ride the pine" just to be a Cav, for the remainder of his career is ridiculous.  He was already "slapped" minutes wise with the addition of Shaq.  I seriously doubt that he'll want to return to the team that cut him, and can do so again, if the mood strikes.  Z is no fool and he's not a masochist.

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 12:58 am

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal

well actually, this year its more like:

lebron + cavs = 2-0 vs lakers

with one of those wins being a blowout

Since: Dec 5, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 12:33 am

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal

Still not a lock for the championship? And the Lakers are? You are obviously smoking something! Bottom line is if you take away Kobe the Lakers are dirt.
are we talking about the same laker team that won at utah and portland without kobe? lakers-kobe>cavs-lebron

Since: Jul 15, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 12:26 am

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal

I dont believe attorneys go over trade deals bud. I posted a trading requirement per league rules...this trade still has to be approved by the league.

Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2010 11:24 pm
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Since: Feb 2, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2010 11:20 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

Guns don't trade people, people trade people when they bring guns to the locker room.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2010 11:11 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

Interesting how everyone thinks if Z is released by the Wizards, that he'll actually re-sign with the Cavs.  There are several other teams that could use Z, least of all, the Magic.  Gortat has diminished as a viable backup for Howard and if the Magic pick up Z, look for a twin-tower look for some games.

Another team that could benefit with Z is the Mavs.  Dampier is "down" and Haywood is the only true Center on the squad.  Nowitzki is NOT a Center, so there is a large gap in the middle for the Mavs, if Dampier is out for any significant time.  Don't get me wrong; I'm not a Dampier fan, but he does occupy the middle fairly well, despite his obvious shortcomings.  I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Mavs pursue this in a month.

I also think the Cavs are a better team with Jamison, versus Stoudemire.  Jamison is a "team" player, which is something Stoudemire isn't.  AJ doesn't care if he score 2 pts or 30; as long as his team wins or is competitive.  AJ is a better defender and consistent rebounder, even though Stoudemire is known to "go off" on the boards.  Offensively, both guys offer different ways to punish their opponents.  If the Cavs want a banger, then Stoudemire would've been the way to go;however, with Jamison, the Cavs get a post of guy who can also step out and hit 3's, drive the lane, involve his teammates via passes and picks, and create havoc for opposing teams.  AJ's age is viewed negatively, but I don't see it that way.  AJ has plenty of experience and maturity, which will benefit the Cavs in the long run.  AJ is simply more versatile IMO, and he's a perfect complementary player for LeBron.  The Eastern Conference championship game will run through Cleveland.  It's going to be interesting to see the playoff runs this season.

As for the Clippers being "raped" again, trade wise, yes, this happened for the umpteenth time.  The Clipper's ownership needs to change, along with their front office.  I think it was a mistake to ship Camby off to the the Blazers, as all it will take is one injury to Kaman, and the Clip's are in the toilet yet again.  It's amazing to see the Clip's implode year-in and year-out.  As most fans say, there is only ONE NBA team in LA ... the Lakers.

The Lakers are still the team to beat, despite the Cavs having the best record in the NBA.  The Lakers first 7 players are tough and they've proven as a team, that they can still punish teams without Kobe.  The same cannot be said about the Cavs, but the addition of Jamison might convince a few skeptics that the Cavs might be better suited to win a few without LeBron.  Bottom line is that the NBA championship is running through LA.  The Lakers are the team to beat, as long as they stay healthy.

Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2010 10:40 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

Congrats to Antawn! He deserved to be traded to a contender just like Caron did. Thanks both of you for your good work on and off the court! Now the big question for the Wiz is what happens with Gilbert next year? Whatever happens now they'll have extra cap room and an extra 1st round pick to help rebuild the roster.

P.S.- I think Amare will end up in Miami now. Phoenix has to know he'll walk for nothing after the year if they keep him. And since Miami is really the only player left for him I'll think they'll get the deal done. 

Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2010 10:22 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

I'm a Wizard fan with season tickets to the Cavs. I was hoping that I'd see another epic playoff matchup between the Cavs and the Wizards. That won't happen now so this move is the next best thing. Cavs/Lakers finals. Go Antawn err...Cavs.

Since: Feb 8, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2010 10:09 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

they would have been better off with amare because he fits the cav's system better and besides i think the wizards will keep Big Z becasue they really don't have anyone decent to play at center

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