He's the guy I wanted all along, and if I had to bet money I'd say he's the guy Ferry wanted from the beginning too: Antawn Jamison.
Just updated on Brian Windhorst's twitter account is the following:
"Washington Post Reports the Cavs have traded for Antawn Jamison."
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As far as what the Wizards will get back, Wizards beat reporter Michael Lee posted the following on his twitter account:
"Wizards are believed to be getting back Zydrunas Ilgauskas & a 1st round pick, according to the source."
And in conclusion...According to Y! Adrian Wojnarowski's twitter account:
"Cavs get Jamison and Telfair, Clippers get Drew Gooden and Wash gets Illgauskas, Al Thornton and Brian Skinner and Cavs 1st round pick."
So that's the Cavs trading Z and a 1st round pick, and getting back Antawn Jamsion and Telfair...and I'm a huge fan.
More on Telfair from Windy:
"Telfair on last yr. of 2-yr, $3.5 million deal. Will be 3rd PG, same role Coby Karl & Cedric Jackson have been in this deal, Also, Telfair currently is recovering from a reputured groin muscle and is expected to be out another 1-3 weeks."
Reaction to the trade (updated at 8:58 pm):
The move Danny Ferry wanted the whole time is complete and he didn't have to trade a starter (JJ) to get it done. In fact, he didn't even have to trade a guy that plays half the game every night (Z - 20.5 mpg) to do it either. And to be honest, I don't really care about the 'Z was a loyal Cavalier arguement.' His loyalty was repaid to the tune of about $100 million over the course of his career, and truth be told, he still might come back anyways. But even if he doesn't, I'm okay with the price paid for a player in Jamison who I believe is the exact piece the Cavaliers could have added, he fits perfectly, there's no debate.
And I say the exact piece the Cavs 'could have added' because I still contend they could have made a run anyways without Jamison. But he helps, he helps a lot. Furthermore, if everything was equal, I would prefer having Jamsion on this Cavaliers team for the rest of this season over Amar'e Stoudemire anyways and there was never a part of me that even questioned that. And when I say over him, I mean straight up, if I could just pick, I'd take Jamsion over Amar'e everytime in that scenario, and despite things we may hear to the contrary, I firmly believe that was Danny Ferry's position the whole time too...just a guess though, he didn't tell me.
And the last point about the Cavaliers GM is this: Danny Ferry's a crook, and if I'm ever in the same room as him I'm leaving my wallet in the car. First he dumped Larry Hughes and got some value (Delonte) in return. Then he moves Damon Jones for Mo Williams, then Sasha and Ben for Shaq, and now Z (with the chance he comes back) for Jamison essentially. And now his work is done. As Gene Hackman once said, "my team is on the floor." The trade talk was fun, but title talk's better, and all the pieces are now - for the first time in the LeBron James era - in place. Its NBA title or bust time at this point, there are no more holes to fill.