Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cavs acquire Antawn Jamison

I know this is a Tribe blog, but as a former Cleveland sports blogger, I'd be remissed if I didn't mention, even in passing, the trade that tonight brought Antawn Jamison to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The three-team trade had the Cleveland Cavaliers sending fan favorite Zydrunas Ilgauskas, the 2010 first-round draft pick and the rights to Slovenian forward Emir Preldzic to the Wizards. The Los Angeles Clippers sent the Cavs point guard Sebastian Telfair and the Wizards forward Al Thornton. The Clippers get former Cav Drew Gooden from the Wizards.

This really is a win-win for the Cavaliers. In acquiring an all-star in Jamison, the Cavs didn't have to give up future all-star J.J. Hickson. Hickson will now be learning under one of the best forwards in the game in Jameson. Hickson, who would be a junior this year at NC State had he stayed in college, nullifies the loss of the 2010 first round pick, which likely will be late anyways. Should the Cavs need to get into the first round, they'll likely be able to do it.

Top this off with a likely scenario that has Ilgauskas buying out his contract, waiting thirty days, and re-signing with the Cavs, and you have what turns out to be a late first-round pick for Jamison and Sebastian Telfair. Telfair is out with a groin injury (I know, sounds painful to me too), but is a pure point guard, and will see playing time with the Cavs.

I'm not convinced the Cavaliers are done. With teams desperate to dump payroll and the deadline looming, the Cavs could make another move. There is the potential that a sign-and-trade for Wally Sczerbiak could bring the Cavs a shooting guard.

Yes, the Cavaliers are going to back the luxury tax, and it will cost them...but owner Dan Gilbert gets that bringing a title to Cleveland may mean making a little less money. The Indians could have used this lesson two years ago.

The move also makes LeBron's decision fairly interesting. Is there another team in the league willing to make the moves that Cavs have over the past two years to get to the finals? The easy answer is no. If LeBron wants to win a title, there isn't a team better prepared to give it to him.

Congrats to the Cavaliers, for finally doing whatever it takes to win a title. Win or lose, they aren't leaving a thing on the table, and you absolutely have to respect that.

Congrats to the Cavaliers for getting the job done.

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