The Los Angeles Clippers have brought in quite an impressive haul in the 2013 NBA off-season. The Clips have addressed their deficiency on the wings from last season by adding Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick and have replaced Eric Bledsoe with another solid backup point guard in Darren Collison.
Not all of the Clippers’ free agency moves have been solid, though. Not too long ago they agreed to a deal with former Charlotte Bobcats big man Byron Mullens. Though people still believe in Mullens’ potential as an NBA player, he’s never shown any signs of putting it all together and was a real liability on an atrocious Bobcats team last season.
Now it seems like the Clippers are exploring another signing that would be a questionable choice. According to DeAntae Prince of Sporting News, the Clippers are one of the teams that have expressed interest in 37-year-old veteran forward, Antawn Jamison.
Last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Jamison played largely as a reserve. In 76 games he averaged 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in 21.5 minutes per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the floor and 36.1 percent from long-range. However, he continued to show little-to-no ability on the defensive end of the floor.
Though the Clips have addressed a lot of their issues from last year this summer, they are actually likely to be worse defensively than they have been since the addition of Chris Paul. If they are going to make another signing, it needs to be a defensive-minded player, which is a category that Jamison doesn’t fall into.
Jamison may be able to still provide an offensive spark off of the bench for an NBA team, he’s not the right fit for the Clippers. Jamison has always been a sub-par defender and, with the miles on his legs, that’s not going to get any better. Ultimately, the Clippers need to steer clear of this move.