The Cavs picked up Antawn Jamison (and his huge salary) for a first round pick and Zydrunas Ilguaskas’s expiring contract. Now Jamison has an expiring contract himself, so it makes sense the Cavs could flip him for another overpaid vet, right?
The Plain Dealer’s Tom Reed doesn’t expect the Cavs to get much for The Jumpshooter:
Hey, Tom: In the next few days it is possible the Cavs will trade Sessions and/or Antawn Jamison if they can get a first-round draft pick for each. If successful, would the Cavs want that first round pick for this year or in 2013 or 2014? — Rich Smith, Columbus
Hey, Rich: I think they are hopeful of getting a first-rounder for Sessions. I don’t see them getting such a return for Jamison.
Jamison is one of my favorite punching bags on this team (the list includes Anthony Parker, Omri Casspi and, of course, Ryan Hollins) but, defensive issues aside, I like what he’s done this year. He was a terrible pickup for LeBron’s home stretch (the Cavs needed a grizzled playoff vet, not a chucker with years on bad teams who gets by on sneakiness. Plus, he totally screwed up Mike Brown’s rotation) but he’s been great, steady influence, on this young team (again, as long as you don’t consider defense). Offensively, Jamison can score in bunches and his hot streaks have kept the Cavs in a lot of games this season (he’s the only other consistent scorer on this team asides from Kyrie).
But I’m not too surprised the market isn’t too strong for Jamey. I don’t see a contending team trading a late first for Jamison (I mean, other teams have tape of the 2010 Boston series too) and unless a non-contending team is really hurting financially, I can’t imagine someone giving up a first for him.
Personally, if the Cavs can move him for anything (second round picks, bag of basketballs), I say do it. I’m firmly in the “stay away from the 8th seed” camp and if they can pick up something for the future for a guy who only helps this year, I’m in.