Forward Antawn Jamison signed with the Los Angeles Lakers last summer for the veteran’s league minimum. Would it be beneficial for the Lakers to repeat their decision considering Jamison is an unrestricted free agent this offseason?
The 36-year-old underwent surgery on his wrist in late April, which could have a say in whether he will return. What will play an even bigger role in him returning is the fact that he missed his exit interview with the team after the regular season. Jamison reportedly did not deliberately skip the exit interview, but he was unable to be reached after team executives tried several times to get ahold of him.
Jamison also reportedly did not get along with Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni, which is another reason why the team will most likely part ways with the bad apple. The fact is his production was not good enough for the organization to put up with his antics.
The 16-year veteran averaged 9.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 21.5 minutes per game off the bench for Los Angeles during the 2012-13 NBA season. He also converted 46.4 percent of his 7.6 field goal attempts and 36.1 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.
There is no question he posted decent offensive numbers that could be hard to replace on a minimum contract. With that being said, his defensive skills are far below average, which is something the Lakers cannot live with. In fact, his overall effort on defense was downright embarrassing.
Even though Jamison proved to be a scoring threat off the bench, there are too many other problems that Los Angeles must avoid. Therefore, the Lakers and Jamison would be better off going their separate ways in the offseason.