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Trade deadline: Cavaliers get Jamison, not Stoudemire

Feb 17, 2010, 11:43 PM EDT

nba_jamison_250.jpgUpdate 11:43 p.m. The deal is complete. Gooden is expected to be bought out, Ilgauskas’ agent says he will pursue a buyout as well. Here’s video of Jamison’s exit from Washington.

7:11 p.m. The Cavaliers side talks with the Wizards about Antawn Jamison were supposed to be the fallback plan for if the Amare Stoudemire talks did not work out.

Turns out, they were plan “A.”

The Cavaliers are about to complete a three-team trade that will bring Jamison to the Cavaliers, as well as backup point guard Sebastian Telfair. In the deal, the Los Angeles Clippers will get forward Drew Gooden, and the Wizards will get Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Al Thornton and Cleveland’s first-round pick.

That likely means that Stoudemire will go to the Heat before the deadline tomorrow, in a deal that includes Michael Beasley and a draft pick that the Suns have wanted, among other parts.

Jamison is the stretch four that the Cavaliers have wanted — a big man who can also play inside but also out on the perimeter. Jamison shoots a respectable 38 percent from 16-feet out to the three point line and 35 percent from three, and he is comfortable out there taking eight shots a game from those ranges combined. He also is good in the post and while not a great defender, he is solid.

The Cavaliers may also get Ilgauskas back — the Wizards are reportedly thinking over buying the center out of his contract, making Ilgauskas a free agent. If he waits 30 days after that, he can re-sign with the Cavaliers.

The Clippers get out from under two contracts they didn’t like and get to rent Drew Gooden until the end of the year, and they clear $5.5 million off next year’s books.

The Wizards get a lot of parts, including Ilgauskas who can help them now, and Thornton, who can frustrate fans in DC like he did in LA with his decision making. But it starts the rebuilding process for the Wizards.

  1. Bill - Feb 17, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    I feel bad for ‘Z’. He’s played most of his career on really bad teams and now that the only team he has ever played for has shipped him off to another really bad team while of the verge of winning a championship…well…it just doesn’t seem right. I hope the players on the Cavs do the right thing and give ‘Z’ his share of championship money when they do win this year as well as his ring.

  2. nivlem - Feb 17, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    I think that the reason that Shaq worked as well as he has is because of the rest that he got from Ilgauskas who also made meaningful contributions while on the floor. The Cavs will not have the same chance at winning without Ilgauskas and Shaq duo and could even start down the losing trail.
    They needed a first rate guard to make it happen, types like Maggette, Rose or Rondo who would compliment James, Shaq, Hickson, Varejau, and Ilgauskas.
    My opinion is without Ligauskas not title, the middle will fold.

  3. assumption - Feb 17, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    The Cavs cannot give Z a ring if they don’t win it all. Cavs may not get out of the east.

  4. cody - Feb 17, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    i would rather shaq go play on a bad team then big z shaq has already won multiple championships and last year z was the leader for offensive rebounds he is also the tallest guy in the nba with yao out i hope z gets the start in washington he should have been starting over shaq anyway my point is why wold you trade the tallest guy in the NbA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Dr. Zhivago - Feb 17, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    It really matters not who the Cavs acquire. In the end, no team, including the Cavs, will be a match for the Lakers. Lebron still has to carry the load, while the Lakers are winning even without Kobe in the lineup. The Lakers are just too deep with the addition of Shannon Brown. The Lakers fourth best player, Lamar Odom, is the star of all but the Cavs, and even then, he is the best all-position player in the league. With Gasol, Bynum, Odom, Artest and Kobe, the Lakers are virtually unbeatable in the playoffs.

  6. jbrown - Feb 17, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    Ilgauskas could conceivably end up back with the Cavs with a buyout from the Wizards. He’s too close to the end of his career to be going through a rebuilding process. The Wizards just wanted to rebuild, give their two best players a chance with better teams, and cut their losses in contract money. The Cav’s first round pick is unlikely to result in an impact player. It will though give the Wizards something to use for a possible trade up in the draft after the lottery. This is a good move for them considering their past misfortunes in the lottery.

  7. JB - Feb 17, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    Great trade for the Cavs. Z will be missed but this definitely is a hands down win for the Cavs. Sure Z helped when Shaq is on the bench, but hopefully after 30 days the Cavs will have Z back, if not its not a huge loss as he will be hanging up the shoes next year anyways.

  8. waywithwords - Feb 17, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Well said, Doctor. And I would just add the Lakers also have a tough, quiet veteran leader in Derek Fisher who has been known to hit some really big shots when it really counts. He might’ve lost a step, but he has heart & he’s a winner. & young Jordan Farmar’s got his back. We even had a Sasha-sighting recently. Now that’s a true embarrassment of riches. Like a ring on every finger!

  9. Anonymous - Feb 17, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    hmm, cavs seemed to have tried to fix what wasnt broken. b4 this trade they had a reasonable shot of knocking off the lakers,as they beat the lakers handily in regular season w/o 2 of their starters. however, with Z gone, they’ve just gotten smaller. And it takes somewhat talented size to contend w/lakers

  10. dhoff - Feb 17, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    I agree. I’d say that it’s better than a 50/50 chance that Washington buys out Z’s contract, and he’s back with the Cavs in 30 days. They’re not going to rebuild around Z when they’ve got young bigs sitting on the bench who really could use the playing time. Plus they’d save even more money this season by buying Z out, whom is certainly not in their long term plans.

  11. JJ - Feb 17, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    wow great trade. i’m celebrating like this flasher girl

  12. Paul - Feb 17, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    I think this is a down ground for the Cavaliers. They will not win a championship. The door is wide open for the Lakers. The Cavs might need even make it to the finals. With this trade, the Celtice and the Magic can beat Cleveland in a 7 game series.

  13. Cavanutz - Feb 17, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    Cavs are now a complete team and are more talented than any lineup the Lakers can put on the floor-with or without Z. the only thing standing in their way of a championship is themselves.

  14. rich - Feb 17, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    if they get z back, that’s fantastic. If i were a cavs fan, i’d still worry about inability of coach to adjust offense when playoff teams key in on lebron and other cav’s shots stop falling. but, they are better defensively, so they should be ok

  15. Anonymous - Feb 17, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    i agree, unless cavs get Z back in 30 days, its a down grade. but if they get Z after 30, it’s a great move. but they need Z’s height to contend for title.

  16. ADam - Feb 17, 2010 at 9:44 PM

    no forget about that lol

  17. Kevin - Feb 17, 2010 at 9:59 PM

    Although on paper, this looks like a good trade for the Cavs. But, I think if the Cavs do make it to the finals, this may come back to bite them. Z would fit in nicely if the Lakers decided to employ the “Hack-a-Shaq.” Z is an excellent free throw shooter. Jamison is a nice player, but he is not a center and without 2 good centers against Bynum and Gasol, I think they may have bit themselves in the foot.

  18. Dave - Feb 17, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    Or at least whatever money, if they don’t win it all.

  19. Dave - Feb 17, 2010 at 11:30 PM

    or even shot themselves in the foot.

  20. Derrick - Feb 17, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    I’m not sure getting rid of those big men constitutes a good trade. Even if the Wizards buy out Ilgauskas’s contract there’s no guarantee he comes back to Cleveland. I think Boston would love to have him and he would have a future there. Cleveland has shown him that he has no future with them.

  21. Adrian - Feb 17, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    Lakers haters in full force I see. And ignorant to boot!
    Z will be back with Cleveland in 30 days. Catch up. Jamison not only brings it *every night*, but he’s a class act. we just added a 20/8 guy at the cost of…a 30-day break from Z (and all of his 12 minutes/game).
    Varejao will now play center in relief of Shaq until Z gets back. Our Power Forward rotation now includes Jamison, Varejao, Hickson AND Leon Powe, who will be back this month.
    Cavaliers are now clearly the best and deepest team in the NBA…and have the thoughness to go with the talent. Lakers fans are delusional if they think Farmar, Fish, Brown, and Vujacic make your team anything but a good laugh.
    Cavs > Lakers. After July, the rest of the world will know it too.

  22. saveZ - Feb 18, 2010 at 12:04 AM


  23. Brian - Feb 18, 2010 at 12:47 AM

    I agree thtat this increases chances of a championship for Cavs this year (and you can pencil z in for 30 days and back to Cavs). That said it is interesting that few are talking about how this helps/hurts Cavs long term. Jamison is 34. This helps Cavs now but will it keep Lebron in town for years to come? Really not sure. Amare was more of a wild card. But you could see at least upside being intriguing to Lebron to stick around. I just do not see it with Jamison. This is basically a one year try, and not a long term landscape change that Gasol to Lakers was. It will also be curious to see how Jamison handles the big stage. It is not like he has a history playing in big games. Will he hit those outside shots in crucial playoff games. Probably but maybe not…

  24. Scott - Feb 18, 2010 at 3:08 AM

    It is quite obvious that the majority of the people posting here do not understand how trades and the salary cap in the nba work.
    First off, the cap in the NBA is “soft”. This means that teams may exceed the cap room, however they must pay an overage fee..The cavs prior to the trade were about 40 million over. They have no problems paying the overage fee because of a large market. Laker fans, dont worry you too are over the cap..Now, a team like the Wizards who are rebuilding, doesnt have the large market and affordability, therefore they will release the larger EXPIRING contract of Ilgauskas. Ilgauskas, then by nba rule must wait 30 days before he can sign with another team. He will sign back on with the Cavs because that is where he wants to play. Which breaks down the trade to
    WIZARDS GET – 2010 first round pick, and the cavs 59th overall pick from 2009 (some NBA d-league player)
    CAVS GET – Antawn Jamison. The cavs made the deal to be able to give different looks on the floor. Sebastian Telfair also was picked up, however he is injured and likely to never play for the cavs. even if healthy, he still would be a 4th choice PG on team behind delonte west, mo williams and daniel gibson
    So for all the Laker fans who say the Cavs lost Z and therefore any chance of beating the Lakers…Please just do a little research first…Being a Cavs fan (cleveland sports in general) you learn not to “guarantee championships” so everyone who thinks its gonna be Lakers/Cavs final, dont under estimate anyone.

  25. Speechless... - Feb 18, 2010 at 3:16 AM

    Z is coming back in 30 days to cleveland because the wizards are trying to save room on the cap. Secondly, the cavs have one of the better guard plays in the nba with mo williams and delonte west. rose is decent, but cant lead a team…the cavs do not need their guards to lead because of LeBron. Please, just do some research before making idiotic posts.

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