Cleveland Cavaliers: Why Cavs Shouldn't Re-Sign Antawn Jamison
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The Cleveland Cavaliers traded for Antawn Jamison at the trade deadline in 2010 with the expectation that he would be the final piece for their championship aspirations.
Unfortunately, he was not that missing link. The Cavs lost to the Boston Celtics in the second round of the playoffs and LeBron James bolted to Miami following the series.
With the self-proclaimed king no longer around to shoulder the load offensively, the responsibility was handed to Jamison for the 2010-11 campaign.
And this was a role that he struggled with mightily.
The man deemed "The Jump-Shooter" by color commentator Austin Carr was far from that. Jamison certainly didn't hesitate to let them fly from deep, firing up 4.7 threes per contest, but only connected on an unimpressive 34.6 percent of them.
But perhaps he would finally find his stroke in a contract-year playing next to top overall draft pick Kyrie Irving in 2011-12?
His scoring numbers actually dropped across the board. He shot just 40.3 percent from the floor and 34.1 percent from downtown.
It was a very forgettable season for the Tar Heel product to say the least.
And now, hitting unrestricted free agency, it is time for him and the Cavs to part ways.
Although he may be a great leader in the locker room for the young squad, he is far from a role model on the court. Along with his aforementioned "chucking" habit, Jamison doesn't play a lick of defense and has trouble rebounding.
If you were the Cavs, would you want Jamison back next season?
Those are not attributes that I would want Tristan Thompson or future bigs the team acquires to pick up on.
If the Cavs are looking for a seasoned veteran this summer—which they should be—there are better options available on the market. Players such as Andre Miller, Grant Hill and Marcus Camby are all possibilities.
Fortunately, Jamison appears to have no desire of returning to the wine and gold.
The day before the season finale against Chicago, he told reporters he felt "tomorrow will be my last game as a Cav."
So what's next for the two-time all-star?
According to the Observer, he wants to return home to end his career playing for the Charlotte Bobcats.
“Having the kids come to the games with me all the time? That would be great,” he told the newspaper.
Best of luck to Jamison as he enters the final stint of his career. I'm just glad that it likely won't be in Cleveland.
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