The NBA trade rumors for the 2012 offseason indicate that Antawn Jamison could very soon be a part of the Los Angeles Lakers. While he's not Dwight Howard, that wouldn't be a bad addition whatsoever to go along with newly acquired point guard Steve Nash and superstar Kobe Bryant.
According to several tweets today from various pro basketball and sports analysts, Jamison will become a Laker. Eric Pincus, a Senior Writer from HoopsWorld, re-tweeted:
"Laker fans, Rick has been in contact with Antawn/his people regularly RT @rick_bonnell: A source tells me Antawn Jamison will be a Laker."
Sam Amico of Fox Sports tweeted about the deal being a free agent signing, saying:
"For those asking, Jamison not expected to be used in sign-and-trade. Just routine free agent signing with Lakers."
However, another tweet from Dave McNemanin, an ESPNLA.com writer, said:
"Just talked to Mitch Kupchak about Antawn Jamison. He acknowledged interest but said: 'We're not about to do anything. I would know.'"
So there you have it, Lakers fans. Is Antawn Jamison going to be playing in Los Angeles along with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash? If he does, it's definitely a great addition to the team with Jamison's solid stats from the past seasons with Cleveland. While the Cavs never quite did a whole lot with him there, he continued to play well. The exception was the 2009-2010 season where his average dipped below 16 points a game, but you can't really fault him for that playing alongside bigtime star LeBron James, in the final season of his contract there.
As mentioned before, sure the Lakers would love to have landed D-Howard as part of their latest installment of "Showtime," but bringing in top-notch All-star caliber players shouldn't hurt, either. While Jamison has spent about 14 years in the NBA, he's averaged about 20 points and 8 rebounds a game along with almost 2 assists and 1 steal. Most teams that aren't playoff or championship contenders would love that as part of their rosters right now, but add it to a contender and it could help them get to the NBA Finals.
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