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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: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2010 8:57 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

jamison ,shaq ,lebron ,hickson, and williams is coming back fom an injury  just  sayin  ..finaly this might be the year in cleveland

Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2010 8:56 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

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.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2010 8:55 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

Watch many NBA games???  This has to be one of the funniest posts I've seen in awhile.  The Cavs aren't much without LeBron?  Hmmm...ok, check out there +/- when LeBron sits...they're pretty freakin good.  They lead the league in FG% against...defense my friend, defense.  Is that because of LeBron??  LOL...hilarious.  They also lead the league in 3-pt FG%...LeBron's 3-pt shooting % is less than the team average so he brings the average DOWN...translated...the Cavs have some shooters.  They dominate on the boards and in the paint...LeBron??  How about Shaq, Varajao and Hickson...they are a hugely sound fundamental team...dominate trams in the paint.  People keep ripping on Mo Williams but his numbers are right up there with the top 5 point guards in the league.  Dude...I could go on and on about the ways the Cavs TEAM dominates the opponents and you look like a foolish punk when you say the Cavs don't have players...they're one of the deepest teams in the league...TNT announcers talk about it ALL THE TIME...the national media talks about it...PLEASE, give it a rest and do your homework.  LeBron by himself is not the way a team wins 43 of 54 games, beats the Magic both times they've played and beats the Lakers both times they played, one of which was a spanking on the Lakers home court.  Come on.

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2010 8:53 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

The only roster deadlien for the playoff (other than the start of the playoffs) is that a player can't be on another team's roster as of March 1.  As long as Ilgauskas is cut by March 1, he can return to the Cavs for the playoffs.

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2010 8:48 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

Not a Cavs fan here, I'm a Magic fan, but hear me out, please.

I guess I understand the apparent excitement many of you Cavs fans are showing in these comments. It's always exciting to see a star quality player come to you team. But if I were a Cavs fan I would be a little concerned.

Why? Well, you've got a team that already has the best record in the league. They're on a 13 game win streak. You're winning without your starting PG (a situation not addressed by this trade). Exactly why did you need to do this trade?

Seriously, what was the concern? what was missing that the front office and coach thought would keep the team from either a) getting past the Magic in an eastern finals show down or b) standing up to the Lakers in the NBA finals?

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? Every player is going to be asking themselves, is it me they think isn't good enough (okay, Lebron won't be asking that cause he knows he is good enough, and Shaq won't simply cuz he's Shaq, but the rest will). How much will this impact play? How much will it impact team chemistry? 

And who is Jamison going to take minutes from? The Cavs have a potential future star in Hickson, and he's now going to be playing 12 minutes a game. Consider him gone when his contract comes up, because that relationship has been poisoned. And for what? how many years do you think you'll get from Jamison. (Frankly, I'm not even sure you'll be getting what you expect from Jamison this year).

All in all, were I a Cavs fan, I'd be concerned that we have traded longer term promise for short term questionable gains. Does Jamison really make the Cavs better than an .800 win percentage team? (Because that's what they are now).

Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2010 8:40 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

Great deal for the Cavs, the get better short term without hurting themselves long term. Jamison is a better fit with Shaq and LBJ, and a better team guy than Stoudamire, not to mention they didn't have to give up a promising youngster in Hickson. Varejo can provide meaningful minutes backing up at C, while Hickson should still see PT as well since the Cavs look to keep Shaq and Jamison fresh for the playoffs. Didn't hear what year the draft pick was, if it's this year, the deal is an absolute steal.

Wizards didn't have much choice other than to finish blowing up the team and starting over. Z can still probably contribute a bit in the middle if they keep him. I thought Thornton was on the verge of becoming a quality NBA starter last year, not sure what happened to him this year, maybe a change in scenery will do him good, but I don't think he is in the Wizards long term plans.

Clippers are a joke. I know Blake Griifin's injury torpedoed the team before the season even started, but still. Gooden isn't terrbile, but he is now on his 7th team in the last 3 years! Obviously he has limitations. Factor in the Camby deal and they have set themselves up to clear a pretty fair amount of capspace, but do you really think any big time free agent will want to sign on for Donald Sterling's house of Horrors? I would be shocked if they even made a big move free-agency wise, even with all the cap room. Sterling is notoriously cheap and the Clips have been profitable despite generally playing terrible basketball, so why would he even bother?

Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2010 8:36 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

Z should be back after a couple weeks. I heard that they will probably buy out his contract allowing him to re-sign with the Cavs after he clears waivers.

Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2010 8:27 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

Z, thanks for your years of service.  Hopefully you'll be bought out and return to a reserve roll with the Cavs.  As for Antawn Jamison, I despised you as a member of the Wizards, but now have to change my tune.  Glad to have your services available for the Cavs.

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2010 8:25 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

Z's number will be retired by the Cavs.  He is entitled to play his last game with Cleveland.  The Cavs HAVE to bring him back.  He has been a loyal player to that orginization.

Since: Nov 10, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2010 8:24 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

This has to make the Cavs favorites to win it all... at least the Eastern Conference.
Weren't the Cavaliers already the favorite to win the East? They have a 7 game lead on the closest team to them, the Magic.

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