Antawn Jamison doesn't mind hearing his name come up in so many trade rumors, but he doesn't expect to be moved before Thursday's 3 p.m. NBA trade deadline.
Cavs General Manager Chris Grant is actively looking for ways to acquire another first-round pick in this summer's draft. That may include moving Jamison and his $15 million expiring contract. Jamison joked that he has heard his name pop around around this time every year since about his second or third year in the league.
"If I don’t hear my name, that’s when I’ve got something to worry about because that’s when something might actually happen," Jamison said. "Me and Mr. Grant have a great relationship. He told me if something comes up, he’ll be the first to let me know. As a player, that’s satisfying when you have somebody who is up front with you & lets you know if something is going to happen. So far we haven’t had that talk, so I don’t expect to go anywhere."
Jamison is averaging 18.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. He and Kyrie Irving have carried the Cavs to the brink of the playoffs and trading off Jamison would almost certainly kill the Cavs' chances of making the playoffs. They began Monday a game behind the Knicks for the eighth seed, but tied with them in the loss column.
"It’s tough for the organization because you’re trying to build a foundation here and things are going a little quicker than what most people anticipated would happen," Jamison said. "It’d be gratifying this year to find a way to get into the playoffs and bring some excitement back to these fans who had to deal with the last year or two. The most important thing is we’re going in the right direction as far as building a foundation of a winning organization, an organization that is used to winning. One year off is not bad to getting back to what we once were."
In other news, coach Byron Scott said Anderson Varejao's fractured wrist won't be re-examined until next week. That will be the five-week mark since the injury and the initial diagnosis was 4 to 6 weeks.