Los Angeles Clippers Trade Antawn Jamison to Atlanta Hawks

Stephen BabbFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 6: Antawn Jamison #33 of the Los Angeles Clippers and Maurice Harkless #21 of the Orlando Magic attempt to rebound the basketball during a game at STAPLES Center on January 6, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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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. 

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.

Could a contender be in the hunt?

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Amidst reports linking the Los Angeles Clippers and Iman Shumpert, a smaller deal went down before Thursday's trade deadline that nets Los Angeles little more than a decreased luxury tax bill.

You know what they say about a penny saved.

The Clippers also get the rights to the 59th pick from 2005.

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.