Charlotte Bobcats Rumors: Team May Still Be in Running for Antawn Jamison
The Charlotte Bobcats have done a lot this off-season to solidify what was an extremely shaky frontcourt last year. Not only did they part ways with the much-maligned Byron Mullens, but they also re-upped with Josh McRoberts, landed one of the best big men on the free-agent market in Al Jefferson, and may have gotten a steal in the draft in Cody Zeller.
However, it appears that the Bobcats may not be done addressing their enormous need in the frontcourt. According to a report on the remaining NBA free-agents from Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld, the Bobcats are the frontrunner right now to enlist the services of veteran power forward Antawn Jamison.
In his 15th NBA season last year with the Los Angeles Lakers, Jamison averaged 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 21.5 minutes per game and solid 46.4 percent shooting and 36.1 percent three-point shooting. Though he played most of his minutes as a reserve, Jamison still showed that he has a little left in the tank even though he’s 37 years old.
However, the Bobcats signing Jamison doesn’t make a ton of sense. Not only do they have a full frontcourt rotation with McRoberts, Jefferson, Zeller and Bismack Biyombo, but they also don’t really need a player with the skills of Jamison.
Jamison is still an offensive threat, but he’s long been a liability on the defensive end of the floor and that has only gotten worse with the more miles that he’s logged in the league. Considering that Jefferson, McRoberts and possibly Zeller aren’t great defenders and the Bobcats are likely going to have a ton of issues on that end of the floor. Jamison would only add to those issues.
It’s understandable that Jamison want to return to North Carolina, where he calls home and where he went to college. However, in terms of basketball, him coming to Charlotte isn’t exactly logical. If the move ends up happening, the Bobcats will be an interesting offensive team, but they’ll be hard to watch defensively.