Antawn Jamison Inks Deal with Los Angeles Lakers: A Fan’s Reaction

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As expected, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be without Antawn Jamison who opted to sign a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, July 25. He will be paid the veteran's minimum salary.

Last season with the Cavaliers Jamison averaged 17.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. In addition to the Lakers, both the Charlotte Bobcats and the Miami Heat were aggressively pursuing his services. Los Angeles targeted Jamison for his ability to provide scoring and rebounding off the bench.

During his 14-year career Jamison has averaged 19.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.7 assists through 985 games. He is a career 45.1 percent shooter from the floor and a 34.6 percent shooter from three-point range.

Jamison was the fourth overall pick by the Toronto Raptors in 1998 but was soon traded to the Golden State Warriors. He has also played with the Dallas Mavericks and Washington Wizards before joining the Cavaliers in a trade-deadline deal back in 2010.

As a fan I was extremely disappointed to see Jamison go. It was expected but he became a favorite of mine in recent years due to his quirky shooting style and his overall balance as a ball player. While in the twilight of his career, I understand the desire to be on a team that has a greater chance at winning a championship. There is no arguing that the Cavaliers are certainly not at that level yet.

Whether Tristan Thompson or someone else is ready to step into the role of starting power forward is yet to be determined. There is still plenty of time for moves to be made and deals to be done. The roster as it stands will likely not be what we fans will see on opening night.

Overall, I wish nothing but the best of Jamison in Los Angeles. The Lakers have certainly improved having a player of his caliber come off the bench to give Pau Gasol a break. I'll definitely keep an eye on him once the season begins.

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