Should Washington Wizards Sign Antawn Jamison in 2013 NBA Free Agency?

By Michael Terrill
Should Washington Wizards Sign Antawn Jamison in 2013 NBA Free Agency
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The Los Angeles Lakers will not re-sign forward Antawn Jamison, which means the 37-year-old will once again hit the free-agent market. Should the Washington Wizards be one of the teams to consider signing Jamison to a one-year deal with a veteran’s minimum salary?

Jamison’s production last season with the Lakers was not exactly what the organization had in mind when they signed him. However, he still put forth a decent effort that will attract several teams looking to improve the forward position off the bench, as well as, a solid perimeter shooter.

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 per game and 36.1 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.

It is no secret that point guard John Wall would like a scoring threat at the power forward position that can also stretch the defense. There is no question Jamison is the man for the job as he has proved to be that type of player throughout his career. The downside of his game is that his defensive skills are far below average, which is something that could be a disappointment.

With that being said, if the Wizards want someone who will give them a decent offensive threat off the bench, but will provide very little defense, then Jamison is someone the organization must acquire in free agency. Personally, I believe this is a gamble worth taking that could greatly improve the team for the 2013-14 season.

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