Antawn Jamison joins Hawks

Updated: February 20, 2014, 10:33 PM ET
By Brian Windhorst and Arash Markazi |

The Los Angeles Clippers have traded veteran forward Antawn Jamison to the Atlanta Hawks.

In return, the Clippers got the draft rights to Cenk Akyol, a former second-round draft selection by the Hawks now playing in Turkey. The move also will save the Clippers more than $2 million in salary and luxury-tax savings and open a roster spot.

"That's more cap relief for the summer," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "Those are tough ones for me from a coaching standpoint to do a move that is not necessarily making your team better are difficult moves, but from a team standpoint it was the right thing to do because it gives us a little more cap relief."

The Hawks, who are ravaged by injuries and are on a seven-game losing streak, made the deal using a disabled player exception they got when they lost Al Horford for the season because of a shoulder injury.

Jamison is likely to work out a buyout with the Hawks, a source with knowledge of the situation told's Ramona Shelburne. The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs both expressed interest in the veteran forward over the summer as he looked for a contender with whom to chase a first NBA title. He's also held in high regard by his former team, the Washington Wizards.

Jamison, a 15-year veteran, averaged 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds for the Clippers this season.

Akyol, 26, was the 59th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft. The 6-foot-6 guard from Turkey is a member of Galatasaray Liv Hospital of the Turkish Basketball League and is averaging 6.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 21.0 minutes.

Arash Markazi


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