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Nuggets Offseason: A Possible Iverson-Jamison Swap?

Sean StancillSenior Writer IJune 15, 2008

Gilbert Arenas opted out of his contract earlier this month, and has widely announced that if Antawn Jamison doesn't come back, he isn't either.

So if Arenas leaves, how do you replace him? Simple—aquire Allen Iverson. And if Iverson leaves Nuggets fans, who do we get ? Antawn Jamison.

As bizarre as this may seem, it is a possibility.

The Denver Nuggets trade G Allen Iverson for Wizards F Antawn Jamison

Last season, Jamison was only one of four players in the NBA (Carlos Boozer, Dwight Howard, Al Jefferson) to average more than 20 points and 10 rebounds; at 21.4 PPG and 10.2 RPG.

He improved his game by averaging his highest points per game total in five years, had a career year in rebounding and his highest steal per game average in 8 years.

Jamison would slide in tune in the Nuggets system, with his ability to score in and out of the paint, rebound, and his outstanding leadership. Not to mention he would be playing alongside Carmelo Anthony, forming a terrific 3-4 combo.

Also, the aquisition of Antawn would allow the Nuggets to become more versatile in the offseason.

Denver would no longer need to consider drafting forwards like Donte Greene or Jason Thompson in the draft, and would be able to focus on their main needs like a point guard or a shooting guard.

I belive the outcome would be Ty Lawson/Mario Chalmers/CDR/Lester Hudson in a stranglehold for #20.

For the trade to work, Antawn Jamison must agree to a sign and trade deal.

The Wizards receive Allen Iverson who is an older version of Gilbert Arenas.

Gilbert Arenas opted out of his contract earlier this month, and has widely announced that if Antawn Jamison doesn't come back, he isn't either.

Money seems to be the main issue, with Agent Zero seemingly wanting $100 million at times, and then $1 million the next. 

Recently, Arenas has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers, and other teams like Memphis, Chicago, and Miami who have certain assets that Eddie Jordan and Co. covet.

If Arenas leaves, the only other point guard the Wizards have left on their roster is 11-year veteran Antonio Daniels, who has only started 26.5% of games in his entire career.

Iverson has still proven to be an elite scorer, averaging 26.4 PPG on the year (3rd in the NBA , dished out 7.1 APG, and stayed healthy by playing in all 82 games last season.

Washington still has Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood, who would team up with A.I. to create a new trio. Lastly, the Wiz have the 18th pick which makes things look even better.

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