The trade deadline is coming this Thursday if you didn’t know. The Cavs’ activity level this week still remains to be seen. They are still claiming to be satisfied with the current roster. At the same time, I don’t really think that Danny Ferry’s phone bill is going to be reasonable this month. I am sure he has talked to pretty much every team in the league who is even remotely interested in swapping players. So, now that the Amar’e Stoudemire talks have become kind of old, ESPN is firing up the Antawn Jamison to Cleveland rumor again.
In Chad Ford’s mind, the Cavs should do it because Jamison clearly improves the Cavs’ chances this season. The Wiz should take on Wally Szczerbiak’s expiring deal because nobody has paid more money for a loser since the Cavs signed Larry Hughes to a five-year $70 million contract. But I don’t think that tells the whole story.
If you are a Wizards fan, you are basically resigning yourself to the fact that you are getting nothing back for a talented player like Antawn Jamison. You are packing it in for the long, tall order of rebuilding. Now, many would argue that that is exactly what Washington needs to do because even once Gilbert Arenas gets back, the team will not be a championship contender. Then again, I am sure a lot of fans aren’t ready for that level of white flag waving.
For Cavs fans it seems like a no-brainer. Antawn Jamison gives the Cavaliers’ two-headed monster of Lebron James and Mo Williams a third head. Jamison instantly takes the Cavs’ up a level. Imagine. Today the Cavs manage their rotations so that Mo and Lebron are never off the floor at the same time, unless it is garbage picking time at the end of a game. Now, imagine if you had a three-man rotation where no two of the three are off the court at any one time. So that means you have some two-man permutation of Lebron, Mo, and Antawn on the court at all times. Seems like pure genius, right?
Just wait until years three and four of Jamison’s deal kick in. The Cavs will be living and dying with Jamison’s ability to play just beyond his mid 30s. He is 32 years old today. Are you confident as a Cavs fan that he will be able to contribute at a high level into the future? Even if the Cavs got Jamison, won a championship this season what about the year after? If the Cavs take a step back next year as Jamison ages, how will Lebron view his future with the organization then?
I know there is risk in any trade scenario in the NBA. Still, it is an interesting question as the deadline approaches. What is the pulse of all you Cavs fans out there? Would you risk the future for a chance to win a championship this year with Antawn Jamison? For my money, I say go for it. Worry about making the team better later. Next year, the Cavs will have another expiring contract to trade in Ben Wallace if need be. Trust in Danny Ferry. I call him The Wizard of Hughes because he was able to trade Larry last year. I will continue to trust him now including the acquisition of Antawn Jamison if Washington decides to bite that deadly rebuilding bullet.