It’s uncertain how the Lamar Odom saga will end, but it appears that the Los Angeles Clippers are moving on with the business of basketball, signing former Los Angeles Laker Antawn Jamison, to a one-year contract. Jamison has the size and versatility to play both forward positions, and gives the Clippers another real scoring option in the front court. Jamison is a downgrade to Odom’s defense and potential, although that potential is not something Odom has lived up to since he entered the league anyway.
Jamison, former University of North Carolina star and NCAA Player of the Year, was drafted fourth overall by the Toronto Rapters before being traded to the Golden State Warriors. Many skeptics around the league doubted that Jamison possessed the athleticism to play at the next level, crediting his lottery position on a weak draft class. It was a fair assumption. He didn’t show the ball skills as a collegiate to play small forward at the next level, or the size to play a big. Yet despite doubts, Jamison was elected to the NBA All-Rookie team, two All-Star appearances and honored with a Sixth Man of the Year award in 2004.
The Clippers were holding out on Odom who hasn’t seemed interested in playing basketball lately. They settled for for an overachiever in Jamison who is coming off his worst season as a professional with the Lakers. It is not yet certain if it was the system or just old legs that caused Jamison’s lack of production in 2012-13. But the 37-year-old ball-savvy veteran is very much ready and willing to be a productive Clipper.
ChristopherBrown is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @whatsrockschris. Like him on Facebook.