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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 29, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2010 9:29 pm

Danny Failure at it again

This move makes absolutely no sense.  I think that for the Cavs it should have been Amar'e or no move at all.  Why tinker with chemistry if you're not going to get an All-Star.  For CBS Sports to say that LeBron finally got his running mate is laughable.  Instead of getting Amar'e Stoudamire who would have clearly been the second best player on the team, the Cavs muddle up an already crowded cast of role players.  And it will inevitably take Mike Brown weeks to figure out a lineup in which he can work shots in for Jamison and still be conducive to the flow of the offense. 

Don't get me wrong I'm not saying that I dislike Jamison's game, worked well with the Bullets just not for the Cavs.  Why drop $14+ mil per year on an aging veteran?  If I'm LeBron I'm scratching my head wondering if the Cavs front office even want him back next year.  Why would a 25 going on 26 year old Megastar want to come back to a team with mainly role players and aging veterans who make waaaay too much money.  We are crippled from a free agency stand point and no one will ever take this contract off our hands. 

Hopefully I'm wrong and Jamison is the piece the Cavs were missing to win it all this year, keep LeBron coming back for another contract, and a run at a dynasty.  But don't blame me if I don't hold my breath. 

At least I will take solace in the fact if the Cavs don't win this year both Danny Failure and Mike Brown will be out of Cleveland.

Since: Feb 16, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2010 9:27 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

How about LeBron James?  I think he can guard Lewis.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2010 9:26 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

Not only is Lebron the run-a-way MVP but I have to tip my hat off to Ferry and name him exec of the year.  Shaq now Jamison, keeping JJ and possible getting Z back after 30 days.  Also adding length on D with Parker and Moon, and lets not forget we still have Powe coming back.  Before Jamison all I heard is how Lebron has no one.  Well the team has had the best record the past two years.  Yeah the names aren't sexy.  But they are the definition of TEAM.  Together Each Accomplishes More.  And now how about this for SEXY NAMES.

LEBRON, SHAQ, JAMISON.  Then new 3 headed monster of the NBA.

Have Cleveland stand up and wave good bye to the curse.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2010 9:12 pm

This is a Great Deal

The absolute best thing about this deal, or worst in my case because I'm a Lakers fan, was the the Cavaliers not giving up J.J. Hickson. The Cavs were trying to do anything but give him up, and they succeeded.

I'm not sure this plants them as the clear favorites to win it all. Certainly they are East favorites now. But what do they do at center when Shaquille O'Neal sits? Whatever the answer there, getting Antawn Jamison for next to nothing... Great move. His attitude will improve immediately, and if he helps them win a title, it'll be the move of the year.

Sweet 16 in 2010.


Since: Dec 9, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2010 9:08 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

I would think the plan would be to go back to the Cavs after 30 days.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2010 9:06 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE) have to understand...the Cavs could be 54-0 at this point and there would be homers posting on this website about "the Cavs are really not that good" or one of my favorites from last week "Orlando the Team to Beat in the East" (even though the Cavs have beat them straight up twice and have a seven game lead on them).  You'd also have people posting things like, "yeah, they might be 54-0 but they wouldn't win 40 games in an 82 game season if it weren't for LeBron".  Some of the posts are so irrational...lots of haters and/or people that think LeBron will be playing for their team next year, even though it makes zero sense.  As amusing as it can be, it gets a little old.

Since: Feb 28, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2010 9:02 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

CMUN, i'm sure people a lot smarter than us went through the language before this went...come on guy, that what lawyers get paid for

Since: Jul 15, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2010 8:59 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

UPDATE: This trade will get denied by NBA League Offices:

"If a team acquires a player in a trade, they are allowed to trade that player straight-up for another individual player immediately. However, if they wish to package that player with another and make a trade, the team must wait 60 days before doing so."

unless the Gooden to LAC and Thornton to WASH is considered a separate deal, this gets denied...

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2010 8:58 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

4 and 0 w/out kobe

Since: Feb 28, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2010 8:58 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

Hole...i understand where you are coming from with the minutes, especially when Leon Powe comes back. That will have to worked out, and some people are going to fall out of the rotation, but here's the deal...

we got another leader on the floor to play and be a good scoring option when LeBron is not ON shooting. Jamison stretches the floor because he can shoot. Hickson and Andy do not, as you could see in the Orlando game last week. They dare us to have our 4's shoot from outside 10 feet, and they can't. I like JJ and love Andy, they do so many things for us. We just became much more versatile, which is a majot key. We can put a lineup out there style of game we want now, and Jamison can play the 3 in a big lineup and the 4 in a small lineup. Very nice addition.

As far as JJ being poisoned when his contract is up...not a chance. The guy is a second year player and he was the major component in a the biggest trade deals that were put out there...and we still wouldn't give him up. That dude is ecstatic!!

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