Antawn Jamison: 5 Teams That Should Add the Savvy Veteran
The former fourth overall pick of the 1998 NBA draft, Antawn Cortez Jamison has been a consummate professional for his entire 14-year career.
Playing as both a starter and sixth man, Jamison has enjoyed the highs and lows that go along with a long NBA career, playing for a variety of teams of varying levels of success.
Now facing a summer in which he'll be an unrestricted free agent, Jamison has made it clear his future will not be in Cleveland with the Cavaliers.
So what teams could use a 35-year-old scorer with a tremendous amount of knowledge and leadership to offer a team?
Here are five teams that should make an offer.
Los Angeles Clippers
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The Clippers are a young team on the rise in the Western Conference and should only be a couple pieces away from being a championship contender.
Right now, LA brings the defensive combination of Kenyon Martin and Reggie Evans off the bench as their backup bigs. Jamison would bring a new offensive dynamic to the mix that would help them balance out the second unit.
Blake Griffin would benefit from having Jamison around due to the vast amount of knowledge and advice he could pass along to the young star.
LA needs to add a piece or two to take that next step in the West, and Jamison could help them get there.
San Antonio Spurs
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The Spurs have been in title contention for the past 15 years, so if Jamison wants to win and win now, San Antonio could be a great fit.
Tim Duncan is still playing at a high level, and signing Jamison would allow them to provide Duncan with the extra rest he would need during the course of an 82-game season.
San Antonio has invested in veteran big men over the years, be it Robert Horry, Antonio McDyess or Boris Diaw. Diaw will be a free agent this offseason, and his future with the Spurs is questionable.
Jamison in San Antonio makes a strong team even stronger, and could help push Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker to a fourth title together.
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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.
A perfect example of what he could provide the team off the bench is what Ryan Anderson gives them as a starter.
Anderson enjoyed a career year as a stretch-four who uses Dwight Howard double-teams to attempt (6.9) and make (2.7) a ridiculous amount of three-pointers every game.
Jamison remains a good spot up shooter who can knock down a jump shot or three pointer, and playing alongside Dwight Howard would provide him with the most opportunities to do just that.
Portland Trail Blazers
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A team that started out the 2011-2012 season with high aspirations, the Portland Trail Blazers disappointed but made some moves that should benefit their future.
Dealing Gerald Wallace to the New Jersey Nets gave them an extra pick in this year's NBA lottery, and the expiring contracts of Raymond Felton and Hasheem Thabeet will give them some cap room to work with as well.
With a core of LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews, Portland could once again be a top team in the West providing they have a progressive summer.
Jamison would be a great addition to their bench unit and provide them with another scoring threat.
Portland has a bright future, one that Jamison should want to be a part of.
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While not exactly a championship contender, Jamison has stated publicly that he would indeed be interested in playing for the Bobcats before his career comes to an end.
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.
His veteran influence would be great to have around Kemba Walker, Bismack Biyombo and, hopefully, Anthony Davis.
If playing near his family and home is more important than chasing a ring, Charlotte makes a lot of sense.