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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: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2010 10:01 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

will Jamison stay on with the Cavs the next few years?

Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2010 9:55 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

Okay, someone brought up the point about what happens if Shaq sits, and that is a great question. Who plays center? The way that I see it is that Varajao will get most of the minutes at center, and the Cavs will play pretty small with LeBron and Jamison. Both Bron and Jamison can board very well, so it shouldn't be much of a problem. People keep bringing up Telfair, but honestly I don't see him getting any minutes. He has Mo, Gibson, and West (when he plays point) in front of him, so he's basically getting a free ride to the finals.

I do like this trade way better than Amare. Jamison stretches the floor, and I believe this move was to defend Lewis and keep him out of the paint on D. Like other people mentioned, hopefully Big Z will be back, he deserves it.

I feel terrible for the Clippers fans. I guess with the acquisitions of Blake and Outlaw it made Thorton and Telfair expendable. However, its a shame that they only get Gooden (who will probably be bought out) out of it? Thorton looked pretty good last year from what I saw, and I thought that they could have a pretty solid young core in Gordon, Thorton, Griffin, and whoever else they drafted.

Cavs in the finals. Take that to the bank.

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2010 9:53 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

Why are all the Lakers fans happy about the trade as if the a Cavs and Lakers final is a giving. You have to make the finals before you worry about your opponent.

Since: Dec 18, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2010 9:52 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

Jamison will now create a lot of mis matches.  They should breeze through the East and face either Denver or LA in the finals.  Either match up will make for a great finals.  Cleveland defensively is just awesome at this point.  They do have to be slightly worried about Shaq holding up....that is there only weakness whereas LA has more to be concerned about in my opinion. 

At the end of the day if you are playing the Cavs you have to ask yourself who is going to guard Lebron.  If I am the Lakers I will be double teaming Lebron, but now that's a little more difficult to do if Jamison is hitting that 17 footer all night long.  I don't think any team can effectively guard the Cavs now, where there are a couple of teams that can indeed guard the Lakers just fine. 

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2010 9:51 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

i Think Im going to cry.  Z has been here sooo long its not fair. The Cleveland cavaliers better get him back if his contrat is baught-out.  Nike just put out a new commercial with Z in it, they got to get him back.

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2010 9:51 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

The Cavs have the best record and yet again will be favored to win it all.  But see here's the problem.  This is absolutely a short term decision.  This man is 33 years old and is no way in the same class as Amare.  This was all based on Shaq not seeing eye to eye with Amare--lets face it.  It is well documented that they did NOT click in PHX.  Cavs brass made the decision to go for the championship THIS YEAR in order to keep LeBron, who by the way hasn't even figured out how to be good loser (i.e. walking off after series ending losses 2 years in a row without congratulating the other team) so until he figures that out, he will never be a winner.  If he thinks 80 year old Shaq with all his off the court antics and smack talking is going to do it over a consistent Big Z and now Jamison, he's got another thing coming.  Congrats Miami on winning the Amare sweepstakes!

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2010 9:48 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

Jamison and Sebastian Telfair....... You should Love it if you are the Cavs Fans

No matter Big Z come back or not. This a great dead for Cavs. Jamison can do whatever Big Z and Gooden do.

And Telfair would do better with Lebron than before.......

And They still have a chance for Amera If they send Jamison and J,J Hickson to Suns. I love J.J Hickson more than Amera....and I believe this young kid would be one of best PF next two year. believe me or not.......... Hickson is the keyman for next season...... Do not trade for Amera if it costed you the ....young talent who could be the next big name....

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2010 9:36 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

Amare is not going to Cleveland.  That loud sigh of relief you just heard was from all the Laker fans who were worried that the Cavs would land Stoudamire.  Jamison is a nice player, but he is not the caliber of Stoudamire.  Whew, that was close.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2010 9:30 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

if it works (money-wise) then if i am the Suns, i trade Amar'e Stoudemire to the Heat for Michael Beasley and a 1st round pick. I happen to think Beasley would fit in nice with Nash throwing passes to him and he is a young guy with more potential that Hickson had. Remember he was the 2nd pick in the draft and was a star at Kansas State and is improving.

Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2010 9:30 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

The Summer acquisition of Shaq made it obvious that Z's days were numbered, but it's still a shame to see the stiff, big guy go though.  Would've loved to, and still would love to see, Ilgauskas get a ring with Cleveland.

Love the trade though...Jamison complements Lebron better than Stoudemire I believe.

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