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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 12, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:50 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

like an earlier post mentioned.. hopefully Z gets bought out in 30 days and can return to the Cavs...

Since: Feb 4, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:50 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

Oh man!!! This is a big trade.  The wizards traded Caron Butler and Jamison and now are looking bad.  Also, Big Z's departure from Cleveland leaves Shaq and Varejao to play the low post (along with Jamison).  Also, since Jamison can shoot, we will be looking at Lebron racking up more assist. 120 point games will be very frequently for the Cav's.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:48 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

When do playoff rosters have to be set?  I understand there's a lot of talk about Z being released and that he'd be eligible to re-sign with Cleveland after 30 days if that happens.

If that happens then this trade means the Cavs get Jamison for the last or second to last pick in the first round.  Pretty sweet deal for them, and for Washington. 

Cavs fans - how do you see Telfair fitting in?   He's an erratic shooter and overall inconsistent player - I see him as the last guy on the end of the bench barring an injury.  But he might be able to provide a little speed on the court when necessary.

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:47 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)


Jamo scores over 20 a game, and is a VERY GOOD outside shooter (more range than Amare). The Cavs WERE GOOD before this trade, they are now rediculously good....quit hating.

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:45 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

Your wrong about the supporting cast... Evidently, you don't watch many Cavs games. Lebron averages just under 30pts and they score around 100. He's the man for sure but they do have talent. Mo, AP, Hickson, Wildthing, Powe on the bench, Delonte, Moon, etc. etc.

Since: Jul 10, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:44 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

Even though Jamison is not a long term solution, I think this is the better deal between him and Amar'e. Jamison is not going to take as long to adapt to the chemistry because Jamison is not a cry baby, needy, or anything else negative that is Amar'e. He also can play D, is playoff tested, and just pause and think for a minute....
Mo Williams, Lebron James, Jamison, Hickson, Shaq....Damn that's a good starting lineup!!
At least that's the lineup I would choose. 
OR you could do a variation where LeBron is the center piece to team A and Jamison to team B. Either way, Cavs are stacked!! 

Since: Nov 8, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:43 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

this is a very good move for the Cavs short term which i think is what they was after .

I Will miss Big Z . Thanks for the memories and good luck down the road .  just not against the Cavs .

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:43 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

Jaminson is older and not a spot up shooter.Jamison is older.  Check.

Jamison not a spot up shooter?  Check your facts.  Jamison not only immediately becomes the Cavaliers' most effective inside scorer, he's deadly from 15-17 feet. 

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:42 pm


Cleveland just did this so they could have THREE small forwards who are Carolina alums.  And Jamison is the one who didn't win an NCAA title.
Antawn Jamison '98
Jawad Williams '05
Danny Green '09

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:41 pm

Jamison to Cavs in blockbuster deal (UPDATE)

Still not a lock for the Championship, and certainly cant be favored against the Lakers.

Bottom Line is, if you take away Lebron, The Cavs are STILL nothing. in a 7 game seris, a good team (Magic, Lakers) can figure out how to neutralize Lebron in some way, or figure out a game plan to play around him.

The supporting cast just isnt good enough in clevland, and it still isint. Jaminson is older and not a spot up shooter. meh. Go Lakers

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