Cavs Pull Off 3-Team Deal, Acquire Antawn Jamison

  • Wednesday, February 17, 2010 6:11 PM
  • Written By: AccuScore

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Cleveland:  Antawn Jamison, Sebastian Telfair
Los Angeles Clippers:  Drew Gooden
Washington: Zydrunas Ilgasukas, Al Thornton, Brian Skinner, 1st round pick (from CLE)

In the biggest deal so far this trading season, the Cavaliers got LeBron James another sidekick by acquiring Antawn Jamison from the Wizards.  The kicker here is that the team didn’t even have to give up J.J. Hickson to do it.  Zydrunas Ilgauskas goes to Washington, but the Cavs operate better with Varejao at center so this loss of Big Z is immaterial (except in Nike puppet commercials). 

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

W

L

%

WIN DIV

PLAYOFF

CONF

Current Record

43

11

79.6%

--

--

--

Projected before trade

62.4

19.6

76.1%

100.0%

100.0%

1ST

Projected after trade

62.9

19.1

76.7%

100.0%

100.0%

1ST

Trade Impact

0.5

-0.5

0.6%

0.0%

0.0%

--

Per Game Impact

1.8%

 

 

 

 

 

The trade bumps up Cleveland’s projected record to a tidy 63-19 for the season and the projected leader for homecourt throughout the playoffs (+1.8 percent per game).  This ends any talk of Amare to the Cavs.  One reason why GM Danny Ferry would prefer this trade is the ability to keep Hickson in the fold.  Jamison also might be a better fit at power forward in a small(er) lineup with Varejao and James in the frontcourt.  Jamison is also a very low turnover guy, and is known as a good team player.  He won’t upset the nice balance the Cavs are cultivated thus far this season.  One question Cleveland will have to answer is the glut they have now at power forward.  Hickson, Varejao, Jamison and the soon-to-return Leon Powe will be fighting it out for minutes.  Also, if the Cavs don’t win the title, they will have to wonder forever if Amare would have gotten them across the finish line.

Washington is in full-scale sell mode shedding every salary they can.  The team needs to rebuild completely starting through the draft.  Even if the pick they pick-up from Cleveland is low, it is still a valuable asset.  Every loss this season also means more ping-pong balls in the John Wall lottery.

WASHINGTON WIZARDS

W

L

%

WIN DIV

PLAYOFF

CONF

Current Record

17

33

34.0%

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--

--

Projected before trade

28.1

53.9

34.3%

0.0%

0.3%

14TH

Projected after trade

25.7

56.3

31.3%

0.0%

0.0%

14TH

Trade Impact

-2.4

2.4

-2.9%

0.0%

-0.3%

+1

Per Game Impact

-7.5%

 

 

 

 

 

The Clippers had nothing to gain (personnel-wise) by becoming a part of this deal.  They did it to clear enough salary space to create a max-salary slot for this upcoming season.  Drew Gooden is probably going to be waived, so the projected impact of this trade for this season on the Clippers is immaterial.  What it does do is clear Thornton and Telfair from the books leaving Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Blake Griffin and Chris Kaman on the roster for 2010-11.  DeAndre Jordan has a team option that will probably be exercised.  I wonder who is available that would fit at the small forward spot and will be a free agent?  Hmmm….

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

W

L

%

WIN DIV

PLAYOFF

CONF

Current Record

21

32

39.6%

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--

--

Projected before trade

29.3

52.7

35.7%

0.0%

0.0%

13TH

Projected after trade

30.1

51.9

36.7%

0.0%

0.0%

 

Trade Impact

0.8

-0.8

1.0%

0.0%

0.0%

+1

Per Game Impact

2.8%

 

 

 

 

 

Impact of Chris Paul's Injury

  • Monday, February 1, 2010 1:35 PM
  • Written By: AccuScore

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Since a disastrous 3-8 start that led to the firing of head coach Byron Scott, the Hornets have gone 23-13 to take over the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.  Now however comes the hard part as superstar point guard Chris Paul is expected to miss an extended period of time with a cartilage tear in his left knee.  He is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgeryin the next couple of days.

The timetable of this injury varies with reports ranging from 1-2 months.  Before Paul was injured, AccuScore projected the Hornets to finish with a record of 45-37 with a 60% chance of making the postseason.  With Paul out 1 month, the Hornets are projected to be 2 games worse at 43-39 with a 49% chance of making the playoffs.  Under this scenario, New Orleans would still be right in the thick of the race and could possibly survive this injury.  If however Paul is out 2 months, the Hornets are probably doomed as they are projected to be yet another 2 games worse at 41-41.  A .500 record won’t cut in the West, and leaves the team with just a 34% chance at the postseason.

 

Projected Record

Playoff Probability

Difference

With Paul

45-37

60%

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Paul out 1 month

43-39

49%

-11%

Paul out 2 months

41-41

34%

-26%

Without the benefit of a top-20 pick, the Hornets quietly had one of the best hauls in 2009 by selecting UCLA point guard Darren Collison and acquiring LSU scorer Marcus Thornton, and it’s a good thing they did.  Collison recently set the team’s rookie assist mark with 18, and Thornton has recently joined the starting lineup averaging 12.2 points and shooting 42% from three-point range in the month of January.

Both rookies will be heavily relied upon now with Paul out for an extended period.  While both have shown flashes of brilliance they both will now have to navigate the tough Western Conference without the steadying presence of a veteran.  Thornton has only recently joined the starting five after a trade sent Devin Brown to Chicago.  Bobby Brown was also sent to the Clippers.  Both moves were for salary cap reasons leaving the two rookies to fend for themselves.  The only other guard currently on the roster is Morris Peterson.  He played just 15 minutes all of January prior to Saturday.  The playoff hopes of New Orleans rest on a pair of rookies in the backcourt, not exactly a recipe for success in the NBA.