- Associated Press - Thursday, February 20, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks, looking for more front-line help as they attempt to remain in the Eastern Conference playoff race, acquired 37-year-old forward Antawn Jamison from the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.

The Clippers received the rights to shooting guard Cenk Akyol, a 2005 second-round pick now playing in Turkey.

Hawks general manager Danny Ferry was Cleveland’s GM when Jamison played for the Cavaliers in the 2009-10 season.

“He is and always has been the ultimate professional and high-class guy,” Ferry said. “That’s his trademark within the NBA.”

Ferry said he’ll talk with Jamison within the next two days to determine the forward’s interest in playing with the Hawks.

Jamison has not played in 16 of the last 17 games with the Clippers. He has appeared in only 22 games this season, averaging 11.4 minutes, 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds.

For his career, the 6-foot-9 Jamison has averaged 18.5 points and 7.4 rebounds in 16 seasons with Golden State, Washington, Cleveland, the Lakers and the Clippers.

By trading the rights to Akyol, the depleted Hawks made an inexpensive gamble that Jamison could give the team a much-needed boost.

The Hawks, hurt by injuries, have lost seven straight, falling from third to seventh in the Eastern Conference race.

Atlanta had only nine players in uniform for Wednesday night’s 114-97 loss to Washington.

The most critical depth shortage is center, where the team is down to its fourth starter. All-Star Al Horford was lost for the season on Dec. 26 with a torn right pectoral muscle. Backup Pero Antic is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his right ankle.

The Hawks‘ third starting center, Gustavo Ayon, didn’t play against the Wizards after hurting his right shoulder in Tuesday night’s loss at Indiana.

Ferry said Ayon will miss at least two more games.

“That’s very tough for our group,” Ferry said. “We’re going to be undersized most nights.”

Ferry said the return of Antic or Ayon would “get our group more whole” but he added “we won’t be completely whole the rest of the year.”

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