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Report: Clippers speaking to veteran Antawn Jamison

Jul 8, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT

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Antawn Jamison was frustrated last season with the way he was used — and often not used — in the Lakers constantly-changing rotations.

But the 37-year-old also showed he could still shoot the rock — 36 percent from three, 46 percent overall. He can contribute to a team in a limited role.

And that team may be the other one in Los Angeles, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The Clippers are choosing between Lamar Odom and Jamison for that final big off the bench role.

I can see Jamison and his floor-spacing shooting fitting in with the Clippers, both on the pick-and-roll and running to the arc in transition with the Clippers second unit. For one year at the veteran minimum this would be a good fit.

  1. blakegriffin32 - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Jamison is absolutely terrible. Don’t go down this path

  2. unxpexted1 - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    clippers could use someone at the 4 spot that can shoot.

  3. wfriedrichs - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    I would rather have Lamar Odom, but in Doc I trust. I cann Turiaf coming back as well in all likelihood.

  4. Wammy Giveaway - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Clippers must avoid Jamison at all cost, or else they will lose ALL defense. He is a bad player. How bad? With the help of Deadspin, Clips Nation and Fly By Knite, have a read at these cursed nuggets:

    – In 16 seasons, he has been with five teams: Warriors, Mavericks, Wizards, Cavaliers, Lakers. The Warriors missed the playoffs completely. The Mavericks, Wizards and Lakers were first round exits. The Cavs were a 1st-seed second round exit at the hands of the 2010 Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics. Put it short, Jamison has never made it past the second round.

    – Jamison is the one of the greatest defensive liabilities in the NBA. He is scared of playing physical and would rather jack up 3-pointers instead of playing the prevention game (drawing offensive fouls, blocking, contesting, stealing and such). The 2012-13 Lakers had a defensive rating of 104.3 PPP with him on the court. With him on the bench, they became a 103.1 defensive rating team (a 1.2 improvement). That’s nothing compared to the 2010-11 Cavaliers team whose rating was 109.3 PPP with him on the court. But while on the bench, the Cavs became a closely elite 99.1 defensive rating team, a 10.2 difference! The presence of Jamison clearly destroys their defense because he just doesn’t know what to do with defense.

    – Every year as he plays basketball, his skills continue to deteriorate on a gradually annual level. Jamison’s prime was in the 2003-04 season as a Maverick with 53.5% FG and 40% 3P. His worst statistical year was with the Lakers where his numbers fell below that from his rookie year with the Dubs: 4.8 REB, 0.7 AST, 0.4 STL and 9.4 PPG.

    The only way for the Clips to win games with Jamison is by replicating the philosophies used by the sharpshooting champion Rockets of the 93-95 seasons. In other words, their offense has to be out of this world, kind of like the Steve Nash Phoenix Suns. Although Jamison can shoot and rebound, he has a cursed statistic. In games where he scores 15 PTS or more, his record is 327-441. In games where he’s scored 30 PTS or less, his record is 414-603.

    Unless Doc knows something we don’t, good luck.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      agree. always thought Jamison was a “junk stat” player. basically, his lifetime numbers look decent but was ineffective throughout his career.

    • badintent - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      100% right on. He was a smack talker in college, but never back that smack in the pros. He’s and Poshy Boshy can have a UFC Marshmellow contest to see who gets to be Queen of the cage.

  5. norvturnersneck - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    He can’t guard anything that moves.

  6. rgarritt - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Terrible idea. I watched him in D.C. and he can’t play defense or rebound. Everywhere he goes the team underachieves.

  7. abchome - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    I wish Doc really has idea how to use Jamison. I’d rather have Odom and/or Turiaf.

  8. jimsjam33 - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    The Clippers need Tyler Hansborough before he’s scooped up . Release Odom , Billups and Turiaf .

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