After his contract expired in Cleveland and the Cavaliers let him know that they would not resign him as they were going in the direction of rebuilding, Antawn Jamison has reportedly found a new home shortly after his departure from Cleveland.
A report on Monday said that the veteran power forward, who averaged 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds last season as a starter on a young and rebuilding Cleveland team, garnered looks from the Charlotte Bobcats (his hometown), Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors. Jamison instead looked to Los Angeles, a place where he would most likely sign his last contract of his NBA career and still have a good shot at a championship.
The Lakers, who have also courted veteran point guard Steve Nash this offseason, signing of Jamison doesn’t make too much sense to me, as the Hollywood-based team is already stacked with veteran leadership and players who have question marks surrounding their prolongevity in the NBA. But as Jamison showed last year, he still has a lot of gas left in the tank.
The two-time All-Star averaged 33.1 minutes last season and started in all 65 games he appeared in, only missing a game down the stretch due to a three-game slate without a break in between games. Jamison’s age (36) and veteran leadership (14 years of NBA experience) will mesh in well with a team that consists of long-time players such as Kobe Bryant and Metta World Peace. Even though time is running out for some stars in Los Angeles, bringing a player like Jamison in, who played under current Lakers head coach Mike Brown for 36 games, could provide for great bench relief.
Jamison is a player who could be put in any situation on any team and compete without complaints. He will do whatever the Lakers want him to do, whether that’s coming off the bench to provide the starting Los Angeles frontcourt with some rest time. The Laker starters were worked last season, so by bringing Jamison in it will give Brown a reliable choice off the bench.
Since Jamison was so great for the city of Cleveland in his short time here, us at Right Down Euclid wish ‘Tawn nothing but the best in his pursuit of an NBA championship