Antawn Jamison has been the Cavaliers best player this season. Which is about like being the best member of ‘90s boy band No Authority. Don’t know who that is? Exactly.
For the Cavaliers it is about building for the future, not winning this season (obviously). So if they can move parts like Jamison to get some picks and young players they’d love to do it.
Except, nobody is really interested, said Marc Stein of ESPN.
NBA front-office sources say that few teams have been as active in recent weeks in trying to swing a trade or two before the Feb. 24 deadline than Cleveland — with Jamison high on its list of movable assets — but increasing apprehension about how restrictive the next labor agreement will be has prompted several teams to back off on deal-making.
Sources say New Orleans, for example, has a level of interest in Jamison, but also expressed skepticism that a suitable deal can be assembled before the deadline to send out the 35-year-old anywhere. It’s true that Jamison has only one year left on his contract after this season, but that one season is valued at a meaty $15.1 million, which means Cleveland would almost certainly have to take back multiple players back to make the salary-cap math work.
There’s always a lot of buzz around the trade deadline, but with nobody being sure what the new Collective Bargaining Agreement most teams will be hesitant to make a big move. Financial flexibility is what it’s all about. And that takes all the fun out of the trade deadline.