Cavs get Antawn Jamison, no Stoudemire

Cleveland, Washington and the Los Angeles Clippers pulled off a three-team deal on Wednesday that sends Antawn Jamison to the Cavaliers as LeBron James‘ new sidekick, instead of Amare Stoudemire.

The deal sends Zydrunas Ilgauskas‘ $11.5 million expiring contract to Washington from Cleveland. Washington also gets 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.

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The Wizards receive Al Thornton from the Clippers, with L.A. getting forward Drew Gooden, whom Washington acquired in last week’s trade with Dallas.

Besides Jamison, Cleveland will also acquire Clippers guard Sebastian Telfair.

Jamison left the arena in Washington before the Wizards’ game against the Timberwolves on Wednesday.

After long-running trade talks with Washington and Phoenix, Cleveland opted for the Jamison deal, leaving the Miami Heat as the only known suitor for Stoudemire in advance of Thursday’s 3 p.m. trading deadline.

The Cavs have been chasing Jamison since last season and ultimately preferred this trade in part because they did not have to surrender blossoming young forward J.J. Hickson. The Suns were demanding Hickson along with Ilgauskas’ expiring salary for Stoudemire.

Washington relented on its insistence for Hickson because the trade brings more deck-clearing payroll and luxury-tax relief after last week’s deal with Dallas that sent Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson to Dallas.

Gooden was reportedly seeking a buyout. Unlike his three former Mavericks teammates, he did not practice with the Wizards on Tuesday, but was at shootaround Wednesday morning. He was listed as inactive.

“Basically, we started looking at opportunities to clear cap space for this summer and in the meantime acquire assets that we also liked,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. “In the last two days, we were able to do that. And it gives us the flexibility to pretty much go in a lot of different directions.”

Jamison was an All-Star in both 2005 and 2008, and averaged 20.5 points in 41 games. He missed the first nine games of this season with a sprained right shoulder.

The 33-year-old played his first five seasons with Golden State and after playing the 2003-04 season with Dallas, was traded to Washington. Jamison has a career average of 19.9 points.

Ilgauskas, who is 34, has played his entire 12-year NBA career with the Cavaliers. He was supplanted as the starting center by Shaquille O’Neal this season. He’s averaging 7.5 points and 5.3 rebounds this season. His career averages are 13.9 points and 7.7 rebounds.

The 6-foot-7 Thornton has averaged 13.7 in his three-year career with the Clippers.

Telfair, who’s 24, will be playing for his fourth team. The former first-round pick has averaged 7.9 points in his career.

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