The Memphis Grizzlies have been in the business of making productive moves over the course of the 2013 NBA off-season. Not only have they improved their bench by adding sharpshooting wing Mike Miller, but they are reportedly looking for a solid backup point guard with the name Mo Williams being the most talked about and enticing option for Memphis.
However, every NBA team seems to be making at least one move this summer that is leaving everyone scratching their heads. According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles, the Grizzlies have expressed interest in free-agent power forward Antawn Jamison, which would qualify as that type of move for the Grizzlies.
Last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, the 37-year-old Jamison played in 76 games and averaged 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the floor and 36.1 percent from three. Jamison is still a player that can be a solid offensive reserve that can stretch the floor, but that’s about all he has to offer.
The biggest issue with the Grizzlies being interested in Jamison is the fact that it is an absolutely terrible fit. Sure, Memphis wants to bring solid offensive players off of the bench, but they don’t want their defensive-mindedness to disappear entirely. That’s exactly what would happen, though, if Jamison were to join the Grizzlies.
Over Jamison’s entire career he has been looked at as a below-average defender. The fact that he’s on the wrong side of 35 years old only makes his defense even more of a liability. Is there a place for Jamison in the league still? Of course—there are plenty of teams that could use an offensive-minded big man. However, the Grizzlies are not one of the teams that should be looking to land him.