NBA: Antawn Jamison signs with the Lakers for the vet's minimum
Lakers have agreed to a one-year deal paying the minimum with free agent forward Antawn Jamison, a source tells Yahoo! Sports.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 18, 2012
Jamison had a 2-yr,$8 m offer to play for his hometown CHA. But agent Makhtar N'Diaye's reminder about will to win pushed AJ to choose LAL.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 19, 2012
The Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnel had previously reported that Jamison chose the Lakers over his hometown Charlotte Bobcats, with the Brooklyn Nets also in the mix. He allegedly turned down a two-year, $8 million deal from the Bobcats to play with LA.
Jamison gets reunited with head coach Mike Brown, who coached him for a season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, back when LeBron James was still part of the team. During that season, Jamison was a late addition at the trade deadline from the Washington Wizards.
Despite his age of 36-years-old, he alumnus of the University of North Carolina was still productive, averaging 17.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.8 steals in 65 games with Cleveland during the 2011-12 season.
Jamison will give the Lakers bench some much-needed punch and give new acquisition, two-time MVP Steve Nash, more firepower to locate. - AMD, GMA News