NBA Trade Rumors: 10 Possible Antawn Jamison Deals

Tyler WardAnalyst IMarch 12, 2012

NBA Trade Rumors: 10 Possible Antawn Jamison Deals

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    Over the last couple of days, we have seen many names hit the trading block, ranging anywhere from Anthony Tolliver to Wayne Ellington to Emeka Okafor to Antawn Jamison, among others.

    According to CBSSports' Joe Berger, "The Cavs have been "aggressive" in seeking future assets for veteran Antawn Jamison."

    But according to The Plain Dealer, Jamison doesn't think he'll be dealt by the time the trade deadline rolls around. Jamison reportedly told the newspaper,

    "Honestly, deep down inside, I don't want to go anywhere, and I don't feel like I'm going anywhere," Jamison said. "I enjoy playing with these guys. These guys are very receptive to what I tell them and what I do on the court."

    Despite being 35 years old, Jamison hasn't seemed to have slowed down. The former Tar Heel is having a spectacular season and has arguably been one of Cleveland's two best players. Through 38 games, Jamison is currently averaging 18.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

    Additionally, Jamison has scored in double-digits in every single game, but one since Jan. 25—in a loss to Boston on Feb. 28, Jamison registered just eight points but grabbed up eight rebounds.

    Regardless, Jamison appears to have some left in the tank. He can be a very valuable asset to a championship-contending team. The only problem is that Jamison is owed $15,076,715 this season, but his contract expires at the conclusion of the 2011-12 campaign.

    With the trade deadline looming, it looks as though Jamison could be headed out of Cleveland. And it may be for the best.

    Note: The following deals were used thanks to ESPN's NBA Trade Machine.

New Orleans Hornets

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    The Trade: Cleveland trades PF Antawn Jamison to New Orleans for PF/C Emeka Okafor and a future first-round selection

    Synopsis: According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports, Emeka Okafor is currently on the trading block. And since he has such a horrible contract—$12.6 million this season and is owed nearly $28 million through the 2013-14 season—Okafor has been shopped around the Hornets would be generous enough to unload a first-round selection just to get rid of him.

    But honestly, it really does not make much sense to me, especially coupled with the fact that Chris Kaman is also on the trading block. Kaman and Okafor are their only two legitimate centers, and it makes little sense as to why they'd deal away both of them. So it appears it's going to be one or the other and it looks as though it'll be Okafor.

    In this scenario, the Hornets are able to do just that, as they'd deal away a first-round selection and Okafor in exchange for Jamison's expiring deal.

    With Jamison unlikely to re-sign with a team such as the Hornets, the team would have myriads of cap space for the 2012 offseason. And with a young corps that features Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza, Al-Farouq Aminu, Chris Kaman (if kept), Jarrett Jack, Gustavo Ayon, Xavier Henry and Grievis Vasquez, the Hornets could have a bright future.

    The Hornets also hold two first-round selections in this year's talented, deep draft, so they could be set. But in order for this to do go down, the Hornets would likely have to ship out one of those picks, which would likely be the pick they acquired from Minnesota.

    Frankly, it'd suck for Jamison to be traded to New Orleans, as he sat in Cleveland through the worst of time and then gets dealt to one of the worst teams in the league. But since his contract expires at the end of the season, he could sign with a contender for his 15th NBA season.

Atlanta Hawks

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    The Trade: Cleveland trades PF Antawn Jamison, PG Ramon Sessions and a future first-round selection to Atlanta for PF Josh Smith and SF Marvin Williams

    Similar Trade: Cleveland trades PF Antawn Jamison and PF Tristan Thompson to Atlanta; Atlanta trades PF Josh Smith and a future first-round selection to Cleveland and PG Kirk Hinrich to Minnesota; Minnesota trades SF Michael Beasley to Atlanta

    Synopsis: This is just for the first trade listed, not the similar trade listed directly below it.

    Anyway, according to Bob Finnan of the News-Herald, he stated:

    "Rumors say the Cavs continue to have an open dialogue with the Atlanta Hawks concerning small forward Marvin Williams. That rumor won't go away. One media report said forward Josh Smith's name has been added to those discussions. Some have suggested sending Jamison and Sessions to the Hawks for Williams and Smith. The Cavs would probably do that."

    The Cavaliers would absolutely strike gold if they were to somehow land the high-flying Josh Smith. He's one of the best up-and-coming players in the NBA without a doubt and has a few All-Star Game selections ahead of him.

    And to give up Jamison and Sessions, along with a first-round pick, for him would be an absolute steal. If offered, Cleveland has to pull the trigger, as it is too good to pass up. Smith would undoubtedly revitalize the franchise and give them the chance to become a perennial playoff contender once again.

    The Cavaliers already have rookie Kyrie Irving on the roster, so a Smith-Irving combination would instantly become authoritative. That's a duo that would be frightening for many years to come, as long as they don't go elsewhere via free agency.

    With a roster that already features rookie Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejao, Alonzo Gee and others would put Cleveland in the mix for a future postseason appearance.

    For the Hawks, they'd be able to acquire a veteran in Jamison, who's $15 million salary will come off the books at the end of the season. That would allow the Hawks to attempt to make a marquee free agent signing, if possible. They'd also acquire point guard Ramon Sessions, who would probably come in and immediately play a big role in the team's offense. Jeff Teague has been all right in his first year as the team's starter and Hinrich has been downright awful.

    But if possible, the Cavaliers need to make this deal in a heartbeat. There's no doubt about that.

Washington Wizards

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    The Trade: Cleveland trades PF Antawn Jamison to Washington for PF Andray Blatche, C Ronny Turiaf and a future second-round selection

    Synopsis: Could a return to Washington be possible? I believe so.

    As part of a 2004 draft day trade, Jamison was dealt to Washington as part of a deal that landed the Dallas Mavericks point guard Devin Harris. Jamison played in D.C. until 41 games into the 2009-10 season when he was part of a three-team deal that involved players such as Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Al Thornton, Drew Gooden and a couple other players.

    Since that deal to Cleveland, Jamison has had a solid two years, but I believe his best days were in Washington. Three seasons, Jamison averaged at least 20 points per game and during two other seasons, the former Tar Heel averaged 19.6 and 19.8 points per game, respectively.

    Needless to say, Jamison played great basketball in Washington. And a return could be plausible.

    In this scenario, the Wizards are finally able to unload Andray Blatche, who has been subject to myriads of trade rumors. Washington has been seemingly trying to unload the power forward, who has been trouble in and outside of the locker room. A change of scenery is definitely needed for the player, and it appears that Cleveland could be a logical option.

    In order for the cap space to work out, the Cavaliers would also receive the under-sized center Ronny Turiaf, who has played with four teams over the last five seasons. Turiaf isn't a prototypical starter at the NBA level, but he's a spark off the bench that will give you everything he's got.

    Both teams seem to get the best of both worlds, even though the Wizards would be taking on a $15 million salary that expires at the conclusion of the season.

Detroit Pistons

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    The Trade: Cleveland trades PF Antawn Jamison and a future second-round selection to Detroit and PG Ramon Sessions to the Los Angeles Lakers; the Los Angeles Lakers trade PG Steve Blake and a future second-round selection to Cleveland; Detroit trades PF Charlie Villanueva, PG Will Bynum and SF Austin Daye to Cleveland

    Synopsis: Perhaps the biggest scenario of the ones in this slide, the Pistons are finally able to rid themselves of Charlie Villanueva's mistakingly awful contract and the seldom-used youngsters Will Bynum and Austin Daye. With those two players, the Cavaliers would be able to receive two prospects that they can attempt to mold into stars.

    In order for them to do that however, they would also have to ship out Ramon Sessions to the point guard-needed L.A. Lakers in exchange for Steve Blake. I'm not 100 percent sure that the Cavs would keep Blake, as a buyout would seemingly be possible.

    Cleveland would also give up Jamison to Detroit, perhaps the centerpiece of the six-player deal.

    A move to Detroit would give the Pistons some much-needed depth in the frontcourt, as the team already has the under-sized Jason Maxiell and Greg Monroe, one of the best up-and-coming players in all of basketball.

    It also gives the Pistons the opportunity to free up some cap space at the end of the season, as Jamison's contract will expire at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season. If he fails to play well, the Pistons don't have to re-sign him and instead, would be forced to do some damage in the offseason. Hopefully they just don't make the same mistakes they did a few years ago, as they did when they gave out humongous contracts to Villanueva and Ben Gordon.

    But we'll see what happens.

Dallas Mavericks

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    The Trade: Cleveland trades PF Antawn Jamison and SF Omri Casspi to Dallas for PF/SF Lamar Odom and SF Shawn Marion

    Synopsis: If a return to Washington is possible, what about a return to the Dallas Mavericks?

    Some of y'all may not remember, but Jamison played for the Mavericks during the 2003-04 campaign, as the power forward averaged 14.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest. His play during that season earned him Sixth Man of the Year honors, as well.

    That was the only year he spent in Dallas, as he was dealt to Washington on draft night in 2004.

    In this scenario, the Mavericks give up Shawn Marion, who was an intricate piece to the Mavs' championship puzzle last season. He has been on the trading block as of late and according to this scenario, he finds his way out of Texas.

    The Mavericks also deal away the unhappy Lamar Odom, who has had a rough time since being dealt to Dallas for practically nothing. Odom helped the Lakers win two championships and it honestly seemed like the front office didn't care what he had done for the franchise. So he was dealt away for practically nothing, leaving a bitter taste in the player's mouth.

    Since the Mavericks are able to rid themselves of Marion's remaining three years and Odom's two years, Mark Cuban and Co. could become players in the offseason, as they would be collecting Jamison's $15 million expiring deal. Every team around the NBA is salivating at the thought of landing players such as Deron Williams, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, among others during the offseason, and the Mavericks could do that if they relieve themselves of the $17 million in cap space with this deal.

San Antonio Spurs

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    The Trade: Cleveland trades PF Antawn Jamison, SF Omri Casspi and a future second-round selection to San Antonio for SF Richard Jefferson, PF Matt Bonner and SG James Anderson

    Synopsis: One of the unlikeliest scenarios, it could still conceivably happen, though I doubt it.

    Cleveland would be able to rid itself of Jamison's $15 million expiring deal, along with Omri Casspi, the first Israeli player in the NBA. In exchange for those two players plus a draft selection, the Cavaliers would receive Richard Jefferson, whose career has taken a tumble since arriving in San Antonio.

    Jefferson, a once-upon-a-time All-Star threat, has played two-and-a-half years in San Antonio and his stats have significantly decreased. Starting with his arrival, Jefferson has seen his points per game slip all the way to 12.3, 11 and 9.3 per game, respectively. A change of scenery seems much needed for Jefferson and a rebuilding team such as Cleveland could be a great option.

    The Cavaliers would also receive sharpshooter Matt Bonner and the unhappy shooting guard, James Anderson. Anderson, a former Oklahoma State star, has reportedly wanted out of Texas for some time now.

    Buck Harvey of the Express-News stated in late February, "Sources say James Anderson’s agent this month encouraged Spurs to trade his client. Nothing offered would have been better than JA Monday."

    Other reports have surfaced regarding Anderson and it appears that the young stud will be dealt out of San Antonio within the next few days.

    The Spurs would receive an expiring deal, which would vastly help them in the offseason next year, as long as a player that can put up similar numbers to Jefferson. The Cavaliers would receive two solid contributors, as long as a prospect that the team can develop. Both teams seem to get good deals.

Sacramento Kings

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    The Trade: Cleveland trades PF Antawn Jamison to Sacramento for SG/SF John Salmons and C Jason Thompson

    Synopsis: Now that we know the Kings will be staying in Sacramento for the foreseeable future, the team can solely focus on fixing and tweaking their lackluster roster, rather than their new stadium plans.

    In July 2010, the Bucks made the foolish decision in signing John Salmons to a five-year, $39 million contract. On draft day last year, Salmons was shipped to Sacramento as part of the trade that also landed the Kings rookie Jimmer Fredette.

    Now in his second stint with Sacramento, the team is forced to deal with Salmons' mega-deal. The player is currently being paid $8.5 million this season, successfully making him the Kings' highest-paid player. When the season ends, there will also be another three years left on his deal.

    With his production, or lack there of, the Kings seem to want to rid themselves of Salmons quickly, no matter what they have to do. In about 27 minutes of action per night, the Pennsylvania native is currently averaging just 7.5 points per game, his lowest total since the 2005-06 campaign. It seems as though his time in Sacramento could be coming to an end very soon.

    The Kings would also give up center Jason Thompson in the deal, who has been somewhat of a disappointment since arriving in the NBA. He's been a decent player, but not the All-Star caliber player that warranted the 12th-overall pick in the 2008 draft.

    The addition of Thompson would add some much-needed depth to the Cavs' frontcourt, as they already have rookie Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao, whenever he heals from injury.

    In exchange for the two players, Sacramento would receive Antawn Jamison in the deal. It may not make much sense on paper, as the Kings already have a stacked frontcourt with former Cavalier J.J. Hickson, Chuck Hayes and DeMarcus Cousins. Hickson may not be retained at the end of the season, same as Jamison if he were to land in Sacramento.

    However, the addition of Jamison would be a solid pick-up, as he'd add more veteran leadership to one of the league's youngest teams. The Kings currently sit at 14-27, but their future is bright with Cousins, Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton, Fredette, Isiah Thomas, Chuck Hayes and Hickson (if retained).

Philadelphia 76ers

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    The Trade: Cleveland trades PF Antawn Jamison to Philadelphia for PF Elton Brand, SF Craig Brackins and a future second-round selection

    Synopsis: Ah, one big deal for another big deal, yet an unlikely scenario.

    Jamison, who is earning $15 million this season, would be shipped to Philadelphia in exchange for Elton Brand's $17,059,727 deal, along with prospect Craig Brackins. Since Brand has an additional year on his deal, the Cavaliers would give up a selection (or two) to sweeten the deal.

    Like Jamison, Brand is still a serviceable player, even though he's 33 years old, while Jamison is 35.

    It is entirely possible for Brand to help the Cavaliers, even if he has one of the most ridiculous contracts in the NBA—Rashard Lewis' deal is undoubtedly the worst; if you don't know what I'm talking about, look it up.

    Although he's currently averaging a career-low 10.4 points per game to go along with 7.4 rebounds per contest, Brand still has a little bit left in the tank. He may not be the All-Star caliber player he once was, but he'd be a healthy addition to one of the youngest teams in the NBA.

    Although Jamison already provides veteran leadership, Brand could do the same. That could especially be beneficial to the club that consists of young players such as Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejao, Alonzo Gee, Omri Casspi and Daniel Gibson.

    In turn, the Sixers would receive Jamison, who is still having a solid 2011-12 campaign. Jamison is currently averaging 18.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, much better than Brand's statistics. That alone would be why the trade wouldn't be a simple one-for-one swap.

    Jamison is playing well at 35 years of age, while Brand is playing decent at 33 years old, even though his minutes have slightly decreased. A trade like this could conceivably happen, although I doubt the Sixers would want to shake up the team's locker room at this point.

    Philadelphia is currently 25-17, while sitting fourth in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers, however, are 16-23 and sit just one game out of the eighth spot in the conference.

Boston Celtics

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    The Trade: Cleveland trades PF Antawn Jamison and a future first-round selection to Boston for PF Kevin Garnett

    Synopsis: Could it happen? Seriously, could it happen? By the way, before this goes any further, this is more used as a joke scenario, rather than something that could legitimately happen.

    However, a trade like this is somewhat plausible, which makes it even more interesting.

    There's no doubt that Kevin Garnett is on the tail-end of his NBA career. He's past his prime, there's no doubt about that. KG's stats have significantly decreased over the past couple of seasons and his production has become limited, even though their offensive force is primarily the same as it was when they won the championship a few years ago.

    The Celtics, according to multiple reports, have shopped around many of their players, ranging anywhere from Garnett to Ray Allen to Paul Pierce to Rajon Rondo to Keyon Dooling. Every player has seemingly been placed on the trading block except for Brandon Bass, which is awfully strange.

    Regardless, the Cavaliers would obviously be receiving Garnett in the deal, who is slated to make a little over $21 million this season. His contract expires at the end of the season, so if Cleveland felt it wasn't possible for them to bring him back, his salary would come off the books.

    Much like Jamison's contract, as well. Jamison's $15 million deal will be coming off the books at the end of the season, too, so if Boston does not want to re-sign him, it can simply choose not to do so. That would give Boston a tremendous break in the offseason, as we are headed to one of the best free agent classes of all-time.

    Although I doubt it'd happen, it could. Simply put, you never know.

Charlotte Bobcats

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    The Trade: Cleveland trades PF Antawn Jamison to Charlotte for PF Boris Diaw, SG/SF Corey Maggette and a future second-round selection

    Synopsis: The Bobcats' season has been one to forget. But the amazing part is that on paper, the Bobcats have a very talented roster.

    With rookies Kemba Walker and the Rodman-comparable Bismack Biyombo, along with former lottery selections D.J. Augustin, Gerald Henderson and Tyrus Thomas, the team seems to have a good nucelus. Additionally, with veterans Corey Maggette and Boris Diaw, Charlotte seems to be on the right track.

    Add in role players such as Derrick Brown, Reggie Williams, DeSagana Diop and Matt Carroll and the Bobcats appear to have a formidable team that is on the cusp of playoff contention.

    But yeah, that hasn't been the case. The Paul Silas-led Bobcats currently hoist a 5-34 record, by far the worst record in the NBA. And this is a team, with many of the same players from that season, that went to the playoffs just two years ago—it was the team's first playoff appearance, as well.

    But somehow, the Bobcats are struggling and there is no doubt that they are currently entering a rebuilding phase (and it seems like this is the third or fourth time they've started the phase, too).

    Anyway, Jamison could honestly turn the team around and keep them away from having one of the worst seasons in NBA history. He's a very consistent player, which is something the Bobcats lack. There is not a single player on that roster that I would consider to be consistent, which is their downfall—that, and the team is exceptionally young.

    Jamison may not be the prototypical player that a rebuilding team would acquire, but it's a start, especially since his contract is up at the end of the season. It's worth a shot.

    In order to acquire Jamison, who played collegiately at North Carolina, the Bobcats would give up Corey Maggette's $10.2 million contract, along with Boris Diaw's expiring $9 million deal. It may not be a blockbuster deal by any means, but it'd help out the Cavaliers who have received mediocre play from their small forwards. Additionally, Diaw would give the team more depth in the frontcourt.

    To me, it seems to work out. And honestly, I think a similar deal could happen if Jamison is truly on the trading block.