Will the Washington Wizards Trade Antawn Jamison?
Economic conditions combined with several high-priced teams who are under-performing could lead to a busier-than-normal trade season as the NBA approaches the February deadline.
Several big names have been discussed in rumors — Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, Tracy McGrady, Marcus Camby, Caron Butler, Shaquille O'Neal, Rip Hamilton — but Brian Windhorst of the Akron Beacon Journal makes the case that the Wizards' Antawn Jamison not only should be traded, but deserves to be:
All of that is why the Wizards now owe it Jamison to trade him and give him a chance with another team. They have been grasping on to this group for years hoping for health, luck and the right playoff seed. But for various reasons, much of it plain bad luck and a rising superstar in Cleveland, they haven't gotten there. Now with the Arenas suspension and the Pollin death and the impending doom (DeShawn Stevenson called it a "black cloud" over the team), there are no more illusions. The dam has broken, it is over in Washington. There's going to be a new owner and new faces.
Of all the players on the market, Jamison might be the one who could immediately fit in and adjust to any team he's traded for. He scores, he rebounds, he's a great lockerroom guy and his skills translate nicely to playing a secondary role if he were paired with a superstar like, say, LeBron James.
The off-court reasons Windhorst lists — he calls Jamison one of the nicest guys in the league — are exactly why the Wizards may hang onto him, though. As you may have heard, the Wiz are going through a bit of a controversy lately. And even before the Arenas/Crittenton situation, the team didn't have the best image anyway. Trading away the most likeable, respectable guy on the team possibly wouldn't be a great strategy right now.