After all of the heated talk about the Cavaliers acquiring Amar'e Stoudemire, in the end, they chose the safer bet, making the less costly deal, acquiring Antawn Jamison from the Wizards along with PG Sebastian Telfair in a three-team deal that cost them their franchise cornerstone center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, the rights to Emir Preldzic, and their 2010 first round draft pick. The deal increases the Cavaliers already solid chances at getting back to the Finals and winning their first ring amid LeBron's free agency year.
Before I launch into this, let me be clear that I LOVE this deal. They got an All-Star caliber stretch power forward for perhaps just their first round pick, which is looking like a certain 29th or 30th pick. Jamison is just as much of a steal off-the-court as on-the-court as he's known as a terrific locker room guy. His veteran, playoff-tested experience will prove invaluable to the Cavaliers in the postseason since he is used to being the go-to guy in tight spots; Jamison won't be afraid of the moment.
By the numbers, AJ is averaging 20.5 points and 8.8 rebounds on 45% shooting in almost 39 minutes and taking just over 17 shots per game this season. With the Cavs, both of those last two figures will go down signficantly. If the Cavaliers keep Jamison at 28-30 minutes, I think it will keep him much more fresh for the stretch run, and his shot selection will probably be better here in Cleveland taking 10-12 shots instead of 17 per game.
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