Cavs eye Jamison as deadline nears

Antawn Jamison is averaging 21.4 points and 9.1 rebounds this season.
AP

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With Amar’e Stoudemire unlikely to be dealt before Thursday’s trading deadline, the next-biggest thing is being attempted by the Cleveland Cavaliers — a surprise move at acquiring two-time All-Star forward Antawn Jamison from the Washington Wizards.

A deal for Jamison is far from being completed, according to league sources who described the Wizards as reluctant to move a team leader. The sources considered the proposal a sign that the Cavaliers have become more aggressive in trying to improve at the deadline for a title push this spring.

The Cavaliers have talked to the Wizards about offering Wally Szczerbiak’s expiring $13.8 million salary as payroll relief for the 32-year-old Jamison, who is on the books for $50 million through 2011-12. Jamison is averaging 21.4 points and 9.1 rebounds this season, and he would be a lethal scoring threat off the bench for Cleveland in an anticipated conference final against the defending champion Boston Celtics.

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