NBA Rumors: 5 Teams That Make Perfect Sense for Antawn Jamison
The Cleveland Cavaliers' veteran forward Antawn Jamison will be a free agent this offseason and faces a cloudy future with the team.
While many would love to have Jamison back at a discounted rate, one has to wonder if Jamison would even want to come back now that the Cavs losses have been mounting at an alarming rate.
In an article by Jason Llyod of the Akron Beacon Journal, Jamison stated his uncertainty about his future saying:
“I appreciate the things this organization has done for me. I’ve been through a lot of coaches, by far this has been my favorite coaching staff to play with and to learn things from. But to sit here and say I can see myself coming back or there’s a chance of me coming back right now, that’s one of those decisions you really have to clear your mind, let the batteries get re-juiced. It’s going to be [made] collectively with the family and myself and what I really want to do.”
While not a great vote of confidence for his return, Jamison shouldn't necessarily rule out a return to Cleveland.
Here are five teams that would make perfect sense for Antawn.
Jamison has made it no secret that he would like to play for the NBA's worst team, the Charlotte Bobcats, when his career comes to a close.
Playing in Charlotte would mean playing near the area he was raised in and where his family resides, providing them an opportunity to come watch him play 41 games a year.
Charlotte makes sense for Jamison too, as they are the lowest-scoring team in the entire NBA (88.1 points per game) and could use a scorer like Antawn.
His veteran influence would be great to have around Kemba Walker, Bismack Biyombo and whomever they take early in this year's draft.
A championship ring would be out of the question, but Charlotte does offer a lot of positives for Jamison should he choose to sign there.
At one point this season, the Philadelphia 76ers were running away with the Atlantic division, playing stifling defense and using their young talent to carry them to the top of the East.
Now, they find themselves hanging on to their playoff lives as the current eighth seed, winning just three of their last 10 games.
Defensively, Philly is outstanding, allowing just 88.5 points per game. Offensively? Not so much.
Just 25th in the league in scoring at 92.9 points per game, Philly could use a veteran scorer like Jamison to help it take the next step.
On a team with young stars like Jrue Holiday, Lou Williams, Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young, Jamison would be a great influence on a young team looking for another leader to help them not only get out to a fast start, but also help maintain a lead in the standings.
Jamison could get good minutes backing up Elton Brand and would enjoy winning once again on a great young team like the Sixers.
San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs have a couple things going for them if they decide to try to sign Jamison.
First, this is a veteran team that continually finds itself in a championship chase and is ready to win now.
Second, Jamison wouldn't have to worry about "mentoring the young guys" or anything extra. His only responsibility? Help them win, now.
Third, the Spurs have always been interested in veteran big men, be it Robert Horry, Antonio McDyess or Boris Diaw. Diaw is currently getting good minutes with the Spurs (20 a game), mostly coming off the bench after being released by the Charlotte Bobcats earlier this year.
Diaw will be a free agent this offseason, and Jamison could easily slide into his place and give the Spurs 20 good minutes a night backing up Tim Duncan.
If a ring is what he's after, the Spurs would be a great fit.
If he wants to win a ring and still be a big part of a team's success, Orlando may be the best destination for Jamison.
Ryan Anderson has come out of nowhere to have a career year as a stretch-four who uses Dwight Howard double-teams to attempt (7.0) and make (2.9) a ridiculous amount of three-pointers every game.
Jamison is at his best when he can be a jump-shooter and not have to work inside while "guiding" the ball to the hoop. Playing alongside Howard would maximize his jump-shooting opportunities, something Jamison would relish.
The Magic could be interested too, as they should be going all in in what looks to be their last chance to convince Howard to stay.
Only 23rd in the league in scoring (93.9 points per game), Jamison would be a welcome addition to central Florida.
While there are plenty of reasons for Jamison to skip out of town, Cleveland offers lots of advantages to staying as well.
For one, Cleveland can offer more flexible contract options. Standing to hold an ample amount of cap room, the Cavs could offer Jamison more money than other teams could, if he's looking for one more payday before retirement.
If playing time is what he's after, the Cavs could provide that as well. I can't see them beginning another season with Jamison in the starting lineup over Tristan Thompson, but that doesn't mean Antawn wouldn't get good minutes off the bench.
Also worth noting, Jamison is slowly creeping up the all-time scoring list, and is currently eighth among all active players in the NBA. With the Cavs, he has received plenty of shooting opportunities due to the lack of scorers on the team and ranks 13th in the NBA in field-goal attempts per 48 minutes at 23.45 shots per.
While the Cavs would like to see this number go down once they add more talent through the draft, having a great mentor and professional like Jamison who can provide scoring off the bench would be an attractive piece for Cleveland to bring back as well.
It ultimately depends on what Jamison is after at this point in his career, but all five of these teams would make sense for Antawn for all different reasons.