The Cleveland Cavaliers are making a push for Antawn Jamison. It’s a deal that might dump Wally Szczerbiak’s expiring contract in exchange for instant, no-doubt-about-it favorite status.
I’m not going to say it will be “game over” if Cleveland gets Jamison, but they’ll clearly move ahead of everyone else if they do. They’re playing out of their minds right now, they’ve got Mo Williams playing some of the best ball of his life. Delonte West, who was playing great before his injury, is coming back in the not-too-distant future. And to improve things with a #2 option as potent as Jamison could simply be too much for opposing teams to handle.
The only potential saving grace is that we don’t know how LeBron will react to being the favorite. It might be the rest of the leagues only hope that he will crumble a little under that kind of pressure. I would highly doubt it though.
And not only would getting Jamison be a game changer for this season, it could have a ripple effect for years. If they DO get Jamison… and if they DO win the NBA title… then why would LeBron leave in 2010? Why wouldn’t he just try to re-up and ride this wave for as long as he could? Why would he leave all that to go to a team that is clearly at the bottom floor and building around him all over again?
The Wiz say they’re not looking to dump Jamison’s salary. I hope they’re being sincere. Because I think a trade for Jamison would have an effect for them that rivals the effect the Kevin Garnett trade had for us.