The Los Angeles Lakers have made another veteran signing and picked up power forward Antwan Jamison, according to a report from Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
The Bobcats were recruiting free agent Jamison as both a power forward and a veteran mentor to a young team. Jamison was torn between the chance to play for his hometown team or to pursue a championship with what figures to be his last NBA contract.
If this is true, it's a decent signing for filling in Los Angeles's needs.
Jamison is long past his prime at 36 years old, but he still can produce; he managed to play 33 minutes per game and averaged around 17 points, six rebounds and two assists. He also is well-acquainted with Laker head coach Mike Brown, who he played under as a Cleveland Cavalier in his first season in the organization. Jamison provides the Lakers with a quality backup big to help give Pau Gasol more rest, and allow Jordan Hill (if he returns) to provide more energy at the center position.
The Lakers are still in hot pursuit of a small forward to backup Metta World Peace, potentially Grant Hill or Brandon Rush. It'll be an older team regardless, but one that should help Los Angeles contend for a title in the final years of Kobe Bryant's prime.
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