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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: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2010 8:19 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

maybe the wizards buy him out and he reuruns to the cavs in 30 days

Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2010 8:15 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

why do the clippers do this? they gave up al thorton and sebastian telfair for drew gooden, i wouldnt even trade thorton for gooden straight up. this has to be contractual stuff, only possible explanation for the clippers to do it

Since: Feb 5, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2010 8:11 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

It's about time someone made up their mind (that actually mattered).  good job on the cavs

as a suns fan, i was rooting for the miami deal to go through as it made out better for the suns.

Since: Oct 4, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2010 8:08 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

This makes a lot more sense for the Cavs than Amare.  Jamison, although not very physical, has a lot of skills.  In addition, he's a play-alike to Z in that he's a good shooter.  He's also quick, so he is a tougher matchup for a lot of teams, including the Lakers.

It's also likely that Z will be back in Clevelnad by the playoffs - if Washington buys him out, he's very likely to return.

Finally, Telfair makes sense for the Cavs especially right now.  Even with his attitude, he's got to be more of an asset than Cedric Jackson is.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2010 8:08 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

Fantastic deal. gave up essentially a second round pick (1st round pick 30), and Ilgauskas (who will be back) for a 21 pt 9 rb Jamison. They also KEPT HICKSON.
C Shaquille O'Neal
PF Antawn Jamison
SF LeBron James
SG Anthony Parker
PG Mo WilliamsBench: Anderson Varejao, Delonte West, J.J Hickson,Daniel Gibson, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Leon Powe, Jamario Moon. LeBron CANNOT COMPLAIN. THIS TEAM IS LOADED (Even better than Lakers)

Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2010 8:07 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

Wow Antawn Jamison and Lebron James  is on the same team thats crazy. Jamison is 20 and 10 guy, i wonder how thats going to work in Cleveland. Because Lebron grab boards too and J.J. Hickson is getting better. I glad Cleveland didnt get Amare Stoudemire because Shaq and Amare dont  play well together and plus Shaq is always holding out his body until playoff time. But that was great trade for Cleveland.

Since: May 18, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:55 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

AT LEAST the Wizards got a DRAFT pick out of this one. Sad to see AJ go as this was HIS team and Butlers, but they deserve to be playing with winners. I would be optimistic about the 1st round pick but history repeats itself and I'm sure Ernie will follow the tradition of past great GM's and blow it trading it away or wasting it on the next coming of Manute Bol or Mugsy Bogues. Hard to be excited about anything Washington does when you have a 30 year drought.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:54 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

boohoo sportsdvl.....boohoo. Can I get you a tissue?

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:52 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

damn I forgot about Leon being on the Cavs. I hate Leon Powe (now that he's playing for the other team). Leon is better then Hickson, you'll see

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:51 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

And people thought the Pau Gasol trade was lopsided!
Seriously, the Wizards get nothing in return yet give up their best player.  What a joke.
And, a rule the NBA needs to fix is what a lot of people on here are talking about - if Big Z gets cut then resigns with the Cavs.  Happened a couple of years ago with Barry.  That loop hole needs to be fixed.
The Cavs probably didn't need to do anything, hopefully this give-away to them will mess up team chemistry.

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