NBA Free Agency 2012: Charlotte Bobcats Should Sign Antawn Jamison
With NBA free agency officially begun, teams are now able to court players and discuss potential contracts. They cannot sign them until July 11th, but initial talks are permitted.
The top men available, specifically Deron Williams, Ray Allen, Chris Kaman, Eric Gordon, Jason Terry and many others, will look to either cash in on a large contract or play with a contender.
However, one player stands out: Antawn Jamison. He has announced he would be interested in joining the Charlotte Bobcats, going against the grain of most veterans. It would be a beneficial move for both sides.
The Bobcats are a very young team. Their oldest players are DeSagana Diop and Ben Gordon, checking in at 30 and 29.
Adding Jamison to the mix would give the roster a veteran presence, and provide leadership and a mentor to the young frontcourt. He turned 36 in June, and would no doubt finish out his career with the team.
Jamison, at this point, is looking potentially ageless. He averaged 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds for the Cleveland Cavaliers last season, in 33.1 minutes per game.
However, he did shoot a career-worst .403 percentage.
Nonetheless, he can offer the team a stretch forward and make shots from mid-range and the three-point line. Charlotte ranked 29th in the league last season in three-point field goals made, 27th in attempts and last in the league in three-point percentage.
Combined with Ben Gordon, who was traded to Detroit for Corey Maggette, Jamison would present two weapons that were sorely missing from the Bobcats' arsenal. Their experience, not just their skills, will assist a young team like Charlotte.
In addition to how Jamison can help out on the court, it is about location for the 14-year veteran.
He played both his high-school and college ball at North Carolina, Charlotte's very state. Jamison would be returning home—a fitting way to close out his career. He stated that it has "always been a dream of mine...to have my parents there, to have my kids there."
While it is unfortunate Jamison did not win a championship in his basketball career, it will be fulfilling to see him come home, mentor some young players and provide an offensive spark for a team that sorely lacks such.
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