NBA Trade News: Washington Sends Antawn Jamison To Cleveland in Three-Team Deal

Woodrow Bellamy IIIContributor IFebruary 18, 2010

PHOENIX - DECEMBER 19:  Antawn Jamison #4 of the Washington Wizards warms up before the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on December 19, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Wizards 121-95. 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.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Washington Post has confirmed that the Washington Wizards have agreed in principle to send Antawn Jamison to the Cleveland Cavaliers.  In return the Wizards receive center Zydrunas Ilgauskas and a first round pick, as well as Al Thornton and Brian Skinner from the L.A. Clippers.  The newly acquired Drew Gooden will go from Washington to the Clippers.

They could have given up Jamison for a large No. 3 at McDonald's and gotten a better deal.  This is clearly a move by the Wizards to blow the team up and make a move for a big name free agent this upcoming off season.  

Jamison learned of the trade today, as the Wizards took the court at the Verizon Center against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Jamison had changed out of his uniform and was headed for his car.

He made the following statement to fans at the Verizon Center as he was leaving, "I love them more than they love me," he said.

The Wizards did receive a first round draft pick from the Cavs though, giving them some hope for next year.  They're definitely not making the playoffs this year though.  Hopefully after another year or two of rebuilding, they will be a serious contender.

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