Update by Sean Hojnacki at 7:15 p.m. ET, Feb. 20
You can make it official because now it's on Twitter. The Atlanta Hawks confirmed that they have acquired Jamison in a trade from the Clippers.
OFFICIAL: We have acquired Antawn Jamison from the Clippers. Details here: http://t.co/TE0psru1ZS— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) February 21, 2014
It's not exactly the earth-shattering news we seek from deadline day, but don't blame Jamison for that.
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Update by Stephen Babb at 4:25 pm ET, Feb. 20
Despite the potential of finding a better fit in Atlanta, Antawn Jamison may be on to his next stop soon enough.
Antawn Jamison and the Atlanta Hawks could be headed toward a buyout, league source tells Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 20, 2014
Could a contender be in the hunt?
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The Clippers have traded Antawn Jamison to the Atlanta Hawks, sources told ESPN— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 20, 2014
The Hawks have agreed to take Antawn Jamison from the Clippers, league source confirms.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 20, 2014
Jamison deal is a pure tax dump for the Clippers; ATL can take him into cap space.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) February 20, 2014
You know what they say about a penny saved.
The Clippers also get the rights to the 59th pick from 2005.
Clippers trade Antawn Jamison to Hawks for draft rights to Cenk Akoyl & Byron Mullens and future 2nd to 76ers for a conditional future 2nd.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) February 20, 2014
Jamison had played sparingly for the Clippers this season, seeing just 11.3 minutes per game and averaging 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds. The especially disheartening figure has been his sub-20-percent mark from three-point range. That's where Jamison has done much of his damage over the last few seasons, so there's certainly some concern the wheels have officially come off.
Nevertheless, a change of scenery might reverse that trend—at least a bit.
The Atlanta Hawks may be able to offer Jamison more opportunity to find his rhythm. Paul Millsap, Elton Brand and Mike Scott currently occupy the power forward position, but Al Horford's absence (torn pectoral muscle) means Atlanta often finds itself trotting out small lineups.
Moreover, Jamison's ability to spread the floor could earn him minutes alongside sharpshooters like Kyle Korver. The 15-year veteran performed much better last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, making 36 percent of his three-pointers and averaging 9.4 points per game. The season before that, Jamison put up over 17 points per game with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
So there's reason to hope he has something left in the tank and that his slide with the Clippers had more to do with playing behind Blake Griffin than running out of gas.
For the Clippers—who also traded away big man B.J Mullens in a separate deal with the Philadelphia 76ers—this was simply a cost-cutting measure. With over $70 million in salaries on the books, the front office apparently determined a little trimming around the edges was in order.