With the trade deadline inching closer with under 24 hours away, teams are scrambling to make moves in order to prepare their rosters for the remainder of the season.
We already saw the Washington Wizards trade All-Star Caron Butler to the Dallas Mavericks as part of their quest to rebuild the franchise. Today, yet another move has been made, as they are involved in a three-way trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers.
The terms of the trade are as follows:
Cleveland Cavaliers receive:
F Antawn Jamison (from Wizards)
G Sebastian Telfair (from Clippers)
Washington Wizards receive:
F/C Zydrunas Ilgauskas (from Cavaliers)
F Al Thornton (from Clippers)
1st round Draft Pick (from Cavaliers)
Los Angeles Clippers receive:
F Drew Gooden
Many, including myself, were certain that Cleveland would be able to execute the deal that would have brought in All-Star Amare Stoudemire to play alongside LeBron James.
While Jamison isn't Stoudemire, I still think it's a good move.
He has been averaging 20.8 points and 8.8 rebounds for the Wizards this season and I think will continue to flourish with the Cavaliers.
In addition, the Cavaliers weren't forced to part ways with up and coming star J.J. Hickson which may end up paying dividends in the long-run.
In my mind, this deal truly solidifies the Cavs' front court. Jamison and Shaq will have a symbiotic relationship, and will be able to feed off each other.
O'Neal will demand double teams and Jamison should be able to capitalize and become an even more lethal scorer. At the same time, this move gives Head Coach Mike Brown the flexibility to allow O'Neal to get some much-needed rest.
Obviously, though, compared to acquiring Stoudemire, there are several downsides to this deal for Cleveland.
First of all, Jamison has two years $28 million left on his contract as opposed to Stoudemire's one year $17 million left which may lead to a sticky cap space situation come the crucial upcoming offseason.
Moreover, bringing in 33-year old Jamison does not secure James' future in Cleveland as bringing Stoudemire would have.
Of course, there is the outside possibility that Jamison could be part of a package that could bring Stoudemire to the Cavs squad. While it seems unlikely, there have been crazier things happen in the NBA.
Overall, if I were a Cavs fan, I would definitely be excited because this move makes Cleveland even a stronger force to reckon with in the East, and the clear front-runner to win the NBA Finals this year.