Hawks Acquire Antawn Jamison From Clippers

Thursday, February 20, 2014
By Robby Kalland

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The Hawks were quiet during the NBA trade deadline but made a late move to acquire former All-Star Antawn Jamison from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange of the rights to 2005 draft pick Cenk Akyol.

A couple big moves came across towards the end of the deadline, but in all, the trade deadline was slow for most of the day, as GMs used trades mostly for cap space posturing and shuffling second round draft picks. Hawks GM Danny Ferry said that the deadline was quiet around the league, as team’s were reluctant to pull the trigger on major moves that involved giving out assets or draft picks.

“We did make one trade today in acquiring Antawn Jamison from the Clippers,” Ferry said. “Beyond that, I think the league in general, there were a bunch of small deals. Overall, I’d categorize the atmosphere of the trade deadline as less intense league-wide. Certainly there were conversations throughout the last few weeks, but I don’t think it got to the point where there were hot moments at the trade deadline league-wide, let alone here.”

Jamison averaged 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 22 games with the Clippers this season.  He’s averaging 18.5 points over his 16-year career.

Ferry explained why he and the organization chose to make only a minor move at the deadline, and discussed his feelings on where the team stands currently.

“As for the Hawks, the good news is that I like the foundation that our group is putting down as far as how to play and a way of playing. We play hard every night. We’re playing within the confines of a system that I think can be successful. Obviously some good health and getting some guys back can and will be important to our season, but I do like our group. We need to continue to build and add to what we’re doing with the depth of how we play and the depth of our roster. We’ll continue to do so, whether it’s free agency or D-League players or international players this year, but also as we look forward at the draft and free agency this summer we’ll explore all of those things. You know, we have many paths and options open to us to continue to build and grow our program.”

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