The first pawn has fallen.
ESPN reports the Clippers have sent scarcely-used forward Antawn Jamison to the Atlanta Hawks.
The Clippers have traded Antawn Jamison to the Atlanta Hawks, sources told ESPN
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 20, 2014
This is likely a deal to get the Clippers further under the tax line, though moving Antawn Jamison might not be enough to dodge the luxury tax.
Sending Jamison into Hawks’ cap space saves Clippers $1.4M on their tax bill. No word yet on what Hawks get for their trouble.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 20, 2014
In the wake of the Lamar Odom controversies, the Clippers signed Antawn Jamison hoping he could slide into the roll Odom played last year, with his offense being the strong suite, and be a viable option off the bench. That hasn’t happened as the 15 years veteran forward has appeared in just one game since January 10th, losing his spot in the rotation to Hedo Turkoglu.
On the season Jamison is averaging 3.8 points on 31 percent shooting and 2.5 rebounds in 11.3 minutes per game, all of which are career lows.
There has been no mention on the rest of the deal, but we’ll update you when that information becomes available.
Per Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, here are the trade details for Clippers Hawks:
Clippers get: Draft rights to Cenk Akoyl (2005 draft pick)
Hawks get: Antawn Jamison + cash.