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Report: Antawn Jamison agrees to one-year deal with Clippers

Aug 26, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

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UPDATE: 5:49 p.m.: It’s official now, as multiple reports confirm that Jamison has agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum salary (around $1.4 million) to play for the Clippers.

Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that Memphis and Chicago were also interested in adding Jamison, but that his preference all along was to stay in Los Angeles.

“Just happy to be a Clipper and contend for a championship,” Jamison told Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles.

Aug. 25, 11:00 p.m.: Antawn Jamison played for the Lakers last season, and like seemingly so many before him, he’s looking to now get on with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Matt Barnes, Ronny Turiaf, Caron Butler, and Lamar Odom were all Clippers last season who were with the Lakers at one time or another, and it appears that Jamison is ready to be added to that increasingly long list.

From Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles:

The Los Angeles Clippers are closing in on a deal with veteran forward Antawn Jamison, a source close to the situation told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Sunday.

Jamison, 37, played for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, averaging 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds. He has been unabashed in his desire to play for a championship contender in the final years of a 15-year career in which he has averaged 18.8 points and 7.6 rebounds. He will likely surpass 20,000 career points early next season.

The acquisition of another veteran who can score to shore up the end of the Clippers’ bench is interesting, but not as interesting as what it may mean for another of the team’s reported free agent targets.

Odom was reportedly the preferred option over Jamison in ClipperLand, but with the recent allegations of drug use and family issues, Jamison is apparently the more stable option.

The story has gotten worse where Odom is concerned over the past day or so, and with no comment from him or anyone in his camp refuting the disturbing news, it isn’t a surprise that the Clippers are turning elsewhere to add a veteran presence to round out the roster.

  1. tampajoey - Aug 25, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Antawn Jamison is a good guy and a great veteran team leader.

  2. kobeisabitchyoutube - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    great move

  3. kingwithringz - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    I remember when Jamison had back2back 50 point games.

  4. jimsjam33 - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    This is the same type of mentality that got the Clippers in trouble last year. Management and Clipper fans remember how Jamison used to play back in the day . The fact is he is of no use to the Clippers as his time has past and only memories linger on .
    Chauncey Billups and Grant Hill are exhibits 1 and 2 for anyone wanting more proof .
    The Clippers need a young tough and tumble backup power forward . Period ! No more future Hall of Famers past their prime , please .

    • abchome - Aug 26, 2013 at 5:16 AM

      Which young tough and tumble backup power forward available at veteran minimum?

      • jimsjam33 - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        Start with Louis Admundson who is still available .

    • kingwithringz - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      And Lou is better than Jamison? I think not.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 26, 2013 at 6:26 PM

        Yes, are you insane? Jamison is the worst defender in the league and the Clippers desperately need defenders.

  5. paleihe - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    I think Amundson would be great fit for the bench. Right now their bench doesn’t have much defense. Hollins, Mullens, Green, and Collison can’t play defense. I’d bring in a high energy guy to do the dirty work.

    At least Jamison can shoot, unlike Hollins or Mullens.

  6. jimsjam33 - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Jamison doesn’t play power forward and therefore cannot back up Griffin for ten to 15 minutes per game . Jamison does play small forward . That means he plays behind Dudley and Matt Barnes . The Clippers don’t need a player to sit on the bench and bitch that he’s not playing . They need a backup that knows his role is part time and that he needs to play defense , rebound . and give Griffin a breather . That is not Jamison ! We don’t need a player that USE TO score 50 points a game or else bring back Billups , Grant , Kaman , and Elton Brand . Then hire Jamison . You now have a great team of use to be’s .

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 28, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      Jamison can play the three or be more of a stretch four, depending on your lineup.

  7. tjgrizz - Aug 26, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Bad move, the Clippers needs defense and rebounding from a back up big, not another perimeter player

  8. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 26, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Mistake. Clippers have tons of offense; what they need is low post defense. Jason Collins would have been a better signing.

  9. wsuperman4445 - Aug 26, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    BREAKING NEWS: Kobe Bryant has just agreed to a amnesty buyout from the Lakers and has signed with the Clippers for a 3 yrs deal thus completing the transition that the Clippers are now officially the Los Angeles Lakers again!! With the other players currently on the roster. Matt Barnes, Ronny Turiaf, Caron Butler, and Lamar Odom

    • dezglobal - Aug 26, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      No.

    • mydukietwinkles - Aug 26, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      stupid comment lol

  10. jnoah13 - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Not only was your statement dumb, it was not very funny either.
    They already amnestied artest.

    Bulls > Poop > Lakers > Clippers > Hellspawn Demons

    Congratulations. Your franchise is better than demons. Good work.

  11. thetooloftools - Aug 27, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    He has not has any gas left in the tank for years. He doesn’t care and doesn’t play hard. He just doesn’t.
    He’s a body till fill out a roster spot. he has no heart and doesn’t care. He’s an older Howard. Just cashing a smaller check.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:02 AM

      Jamison was decent last year for the Lakers, but that was likely an aberration. I expect him to stink like usual from here on out.

      • bougin89 - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:53 PM

        He had a “slight” role change last year. In no way shape or form should Jamison be a focus of an offense like he was in Cleveland.

        Ohhh wait roles/schemes don’t mean anything.

      • adamsjohn714 - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:26 PM

        A guy who’s been pretty bad for a long time, then has a decent season at an old age, likely won’t keep it up. Scheme/role/team/minutes are usually irrelevant when you’re that old and have been a poor player for a while.

  12. jimsjam33 - Aug 27, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    I’m a Clipper fan no matter what . Jamison is now a member of the team . Welcome aboard and I want you to prove me wrong . Good luck !

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