Antawn Jamison is leaving the Washington Wizards in a three-team deal between the Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Los Angeles Clippers. The Wizards are getting Zydrunas Ilguaskas and a first-round draft pick from the Cavs in return. They also sent the recently acquired Drew Gooden to the Clippers, but they will be getting Al Thornton in return. They also recently sent Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, and Brendan Haywood to Dallas. The Wizards seem to be clearing house and freeing up as much cap-space as they can with the big free agent class coming up this summer, which includes LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson, Tracy McGrady, Jermaine O’Neal, Richard Hamilton, Ray Allen, and Stephen Jackson. Al Thornton played more of a reserve role for the Clippers this season, averaging 10.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.2 assists while shooting 48% from the field in 28 minutes per game. He should see more playing time with the Wizards and be one of their top players in the last half of the season. The first-round draft pick from the Cavs will also help in the future, while Zydrunas Ilgauskas is a solid center who will contribute this season. He has been the backup this season for the Cavs, averaging 7.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, and 20.5 minutes while shooting 45% from the field but his contract expires this season. Don’t expect many more wins for the Wizards this season though.
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