Antawn Jamison to Clippers: Los Angeles Signs Veteran to 1-Year Deal
UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 5: 15 p.m. ET
The Clippers confirmed the signing via NBA.com:
The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that they have signed free agent forward Antawn Jamison. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Clippers Instagram account provided the visual of Jamison signing:
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Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times was first to report the deal:
Clippers, Antawn Jamison have agreed to a deal for him to join the team, sources.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) August 26, 2013
Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com had details of the agreement:
Antawn Jamison's deal with the Clippers is for one year at the veteran minimum.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) August 26, 2013
Jamison explained his decision to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports:
“This is a good fit for me. Hopefully, I’m the player that can help take the team over the edge (for a title),” A. Jamison told Y! Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) August 26, 2013
Jamison has career averages of 18.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 blocks per contest, performing nearly every role—from superstar to sixth man—during his time with the Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers.
The 15-year veteran has always found a way to be productive during his tenure in the Association, most recently averaging 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds while coming off the bench for the Lakers.
It wasn’t his first stint as a role player, as Jamison won the 2003-04 Sixth Man of the Year award for a strong effort off the bench during his lone campaign with the Dallas Mavericks.
The 37-year-old has clearly lost a step since his early days with the Dubs and Wizards, but the former North Carolina Tar Heel can still play.
Now that he’s the newest member of the Clippers, Jamison will provide valuable size and a deft shooting touch on the court, along with veteran know-how and experience in the locker room.
Will Jamison retire a champion?
Jamison was selected with the No. 4 overall pick in the 1998 draft and has contributed to a number of playoff teams since, but he has yet to advance past the conference semifinals.
It seems Jamison wants to win a ring before hanging up his sneakers.
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