The Los Angeles Clippers on Monday added to their already deep bench by signing former Los Angeles Lakers forward Antawn Jamison to a one-year deal at the veteran’s minimum, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
Last season, Jamison averaged 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 21.5 minutes per game. He played through latter portion of the season witha torn ligament in his right wrist and also became a fill-in starter when Pau Gasol was out six weeks due to a torn plantar fascia in his right foot.
Teams initially this offseason shied away from the 15-year veteran because of health concerns with his wrist after he had surgery in April to repair the torn ligament.
Jamison in his NBA career has played for the Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington Wizards and now the Clippers. He is set to surpass 20,000 career points early in this upcoming season.
The 37-year-old Jamison has continued to play in the league due to his quest to obtain his first NBA title.
“”I’m just happy to be a Clipper and contend for a championship,” Jamison told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Monday after the signing became official.
He joins a loaded Clippers bench that features Matt Barnes, Jamal Crawford, Darren Collison, Bryon Mullens, Ryan Hollins and rookie Reggie Bullock, who like Jamison also attended the University of North Carolina. The former sixth man of the year gives his new team a player who is a decent spot-up three point shooter and has the versatility to play both the small forward and power forward positions.
The addition of Jamison also signifies the end of any possibility of Lamar Odom returning to the Clippers. Recent reports have surfaced that Odom is dealing with several off-the-court issues which may have been a factor to the team choosing to ink Jamison to a deal rather than re-signing Odom.
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