Update #2: It appears as if Jamison and the Hawks are headed toward an unsurprising buyout.
Antawn Jamison and the Atlanta Hawks could be headed toward a buyout, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 20, 2014
Update: Brad Turner of the LA Times reports that the Hawks will be receiving Jamison and unspecified cash considerations in exchange for a 2005 draft pick who will likely never set foot in the NBA. Stay tuned for a more concrete announcement.
Clip deal: Mullens a future 2nd to PHI for a conditional 2nd….antawn and cash to ATL for draft rights to Cenk Akoyl. (2005 draft pick).
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) February 20, 2014
The Hawks have reportedly acquired Antawn Jamison from the Clippers in a deal that was announced just minutes before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.
The Clippers have traded Antawn Jamison to the Atlanta Hawks, sources told ESPN
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 20, 2014
At this point, it is unclear if the Atlanta Hawks had to give up anything in return to acquire the two time all-star, however it appears that the move is strictly a financial one for the Clippers, and one possibly out of necessity for the Hawks. The Clippers will save 1.4 million dollars in cap space by moving Jamison to the Hawks, and the Hawks will get an able-bodied player.
The Hawks have lost seven straight games and have fallen three games under .500 in large part due to their many injury woes. The Hawks lost Al Horford for the season in late December with a torn pectoral and since then it has been a revolving door of injured Hawks, particularly big men. Despite the fact that he is 37 years old, Jamison gives the Hawks one more body that can play in the front court if needed, and likely provides some sort of compensation in the form of picks and/or money.
Jamison has played just 22 games for the Clippers and has averaged 3.8 points per game and 2.5 rebounds per game. Jamison is coming off of off season wrist surgery. In 2012-2013 Jamison played 76 games, which represents the most since 2008-2009.