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Waiver Trend: Antawn Jamison Shipped to Cleveland

Feb 17, 2010 – 7:30 PM
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Tom Lorenzo

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The Wizards, Cavaliers and Clippers have completed a three-team trade which sends Antawn Jamison to Cleveland for Zydrunas Ilgauskus. The bigger news is that the Cavs were able to get "their man" without having to trade away J.J. Hickson. Other pieces included Al Thornton and Brian Skinner going to Washington, Sebastian Telfair going to Cleveland, and the Clippers getting Drew Gooden. OK, where do we begin.

It's obvious that Antawn Jamison is going to take a bit of a hit in value. In Washington (all season) he was the No. 1 guy. Now he has to defer to that LeBron James fella. I wouldn't go crazy and trade Jamison for lesser value, but he's probably not going to have many nights when he leads the team in scoring.

This also hurts the aforementioned Hickson who will lose some minutes and his starting role to Jamison. They could play small and put both Jamison and Hickson on the court at the same time, but with Shaquille O'Neal still there and Anderson Varejao also coming off the bench the minutes are definitely going to drop for Hickson.

Ilgauskus will be shipped over to Washington, but probably will only have a slight increase in production. The guys to pick up there are Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee. Both young guys should have a nice opportunity to showcase their talents. McGee has a huge upside for blocks, though he's not quite as developed as Blatche. I see Blatche being more successful from a multiple category standpoint. I would take Blatche first and then McGee.

Drew Gooden actually could be a nice pick-up for fantasy owners in need of a center or power forward. He can easily step in and start alongside Chris Kaman at power forward. This move definitely hurts Craig Smith's limited value and also could eat into DeAndre Jordan's. Though this may be a young man's team. Watch Gooden's minutes before making the move.

Al Thornton has a chance to bring some fantasy value to Washington. I think Mike Miller will hold him off, but Josh Howard hasn't been a sure thing for quite some time. He's injury prone and also not much of a contributor on defense. Same thing goes for Thornton. Miller is the best of the bunch as far as I'm concerned, followed by Howard and then Thornton. Keep an eye on Thornton, though, he can be a nice added value.

Sebastian Telfair... useless.
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