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Report: Lakers agree to one-year deal with Antawn Jamison

Jul 18, 2012, 4:26 PM EST

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It’s not quite Dwight Howard… actually, he’s nothing like Dwight Howard. Especially if you talk defense.

But it is a better signing than a lot of people realize.

The Lakers have agreed to a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal for 14-year NBA veteran Antawn Jamison, tweets Mark Spears of Yahoo Sports.

Jamison was given a heavy offensive responsibility with a terrible Cavaliers team last season and averaged 17.2 points (on just 40.3 percent shooting) and 6.8 boards a game. He shot 34.1 percent from three, and had a PER of 16.1, above the league average.

This season, he can come in off the bench, play fewer minutes and shoot a higher percentage letting the offense come to him because the Lakers have no shortage of other offensive weapons opposing defense have to account for (Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, and every fourth game Metta World Peace).

The only concern for Lakers fans should be that Jamison is a one-way player any more — the Cavaliers defense got 8 points per 100 possessions better when he sat down last season.

Still, smart pickup by the Lakers. Good veteran player who can help out at an affordable price. The kind of pickup contending teams make.

  1. isujames - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Apparently we both are, read what you just wrote Aristotle.

  2. chadinkc30 - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    You do also realize that the Thunder will be losing Harden & Ibaka after this season right? So yes a young dynasty that will lose 2 of their best 4 players. Also remember the Thunder looking really good in the Finals, & also the “Fakers” practically give them 2 games in their series

    • progress2011 - Jul 19, 2012 at 12:16 AM

      Chad….

      You do realize… We are talking about the upcoming season !!!

      Stop pretending to be Mrs. Cleo, with a fortune tellers ball…trying to look into the future !

      This coming season, OKC have all of their young stars returning, with another year of experience to UNLEASH on the geriatric team the fakers are putting together !!!

      FYI: By the end of the upcoming season

      kobe and nash will be 74 years old
      vs
      Durant and Westbrook will be 50 years old

      And since Durant and Westbrook “SPANKED” the fakers last year, your defense has gotten even worse by adding nash and jamison!!!

      Its gonna be embarrassing for faker fans….I’m gonna enjoy EVERY moment ….ahahahaha

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