Washington Wizards Trade Antawn Jamison, Signal New Direction

February 17th, 2010 by Matthew Brown Leave a reply »
After a lackluster seven player deal that sent Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood to Dallas, the Wizards complete the dismantling of their roster by trading Antawn Jamison to the Cavaliers.

This time around, the return for the Wizards is much greater.

The trade involves the Los Angeles Clippers as well as Cleveland and does more for the future than the deal with the Mavericks. In this trade, the Wizards receive Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskus, Clippers forwards Al Thornton and a first-round draft choice from Cleveland.

The move sends recently acquired forward Drew Gooden to the Clippers, and lands Sebastian Telfair in Cleveland

Two major deals in less than a week have left the Wizards without a superstar and signals their intentions to rebuild the team in the coming years. Barring anymore trades, the Wizards will have just four players contracted through next season. Gilbert Arenas' contracts runs beyond next season, but he is serving a season long suspension without pay and has likely seen his last days in a Wizards uniform.

All things said, this deal is exactly what the Wizards needed.

Prior to this trade, ...

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