The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Antawn Jamison from the Washington Wizards in a three-team trade that sent Drew Gooden to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Washington received Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, a 2010 first-round draft pick and the rights to Emir Preldzic, who was selected in the second round of last year’s draft from Cleveland.
The Wizards also received forward Al Thornton from Los Angeles.
Cleveland received guard Sebastian Telfair from the Clippers.
The Cavaliers were looking for one more big forward to bolster their front line and try to make a run at an NBA championship.
They had reportedly been involved in trade talks with Phoenix for Amare Stoudemire, but instead ended up with another former All-Star.
Jamison, who had been with the Wizards since 2004, is averaging 20.5 points this season. He was not in uniform for Washington’s game with Minnesota on Wednesday.
Jamison left the arena shortly before the game. As he entered his car, all he had to say to reporters was: “Not now.”
He did have a message for Wizards’ fans. “You know I love them more than they love me.”
Jamison was extremely popular not only with fans, but also with his teammates and the late owner Abe Pollin. After Gilbert Arenas was suspended indefinitely early last month, Jamison was the one who was chosen to speak to the crowd before the Jan. 8 game. He apologized for a skit that pantomimed shooting guns, calling it: “very embarrassing.”
Now, Jamison is gone and Wizards coach Flip Saunders lauded him.
“He’s one of the most professional guys I’ve ever been around,” Saunders said.
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