Many experts said that this would be a very lackluster trade period for the NBA. They said that the League would kind of just stroll through this year’s trading block and there would be a lack of flavor heading into the deadline. The experts were wrong. And although this summer should be one of the most interesting and entertaining periods for free agents possibly in the League’s history, this has been an action packed couple of days leading up to the deadline at 3 today.
Kevin Martin and Tracy McGrady were swamped in a major three team deal. A former John Calipari superstar, Marcus Camby, was traded away. And then the big trade of the day, that has the most playoff implications, sent former Tar Heel superstar Antawn Jamison to the Cavaliers. In return the Cavs had to send away the man with the great head, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, a first round draft pick, and the rights to Emir Preldzic. Lets also not forget that Cleveland does receive Brooklyn’s finest in Sebastian Telfair.
The main point of the deal though, the Cavaliers receive a bonified veteran scorer in Antawn Jamison. Jamison has been a consistent 20 point, 9 rebound guy his entire career. Put Jamison with Lebron, Mo Williams, and the Diesel in the middle? This already very strong team just got stronger and not to mention longer.
Many said that Lebron did not have the supporting cast to compete with the length, size, and athleticism of the Magic last year. Do not forget that the Magic features players like Rashard Lewis and Vince Carter on the wings. And of course brute power of Dwight Howard in the paint. Adding another 6 9 scorer in Jamison to Cleveland just took away this problem. Not to mention they have the original Superman, in Shaquille O’Neal to stop the Superman of the present, Dwight Howard. If Lebron is truly the best player in the game, he should be able to take care of the Magic in a 7 game set with this team barring major injuries.
Then of course there are the Celtics and Hawks looming. The Celtics have not been playing their best but still will be ready to go come postseason time. I would not count this team out yet. And then my sleeper pick of the year, the Hawks are gelling and look very tough. Either way, the King should be able to beat these teams with his now improved supporting crew. All 4 of these Eastern Conference powers in the Cavs, Magic, Hawks, and Celtics could book a trip to the Finals this year though.
It is title or bust now for Lebron. If he cannot win it with this team, it is bye-bye Cleveland. But there are no excuses now. He has the core of players to help him capture a championship.
Should be a very interesting May and June (playoffs)..
Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.