Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Wizards would “love” to bring back Antawn Jamison, and sent the 37-year old a text earlier today. Spears also reports that Jamison has mutual interest in such a reunion.
Mar 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Los Angeles Lakers power forward Antawn Jamison (4) during the third quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Lakers won 120-117. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Jamison, who spent last season playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, spent 5.5 years with the Wizards from 2004-2010 before being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the 2010 Trade Deadline. In his time with the Wizards, Jamison averaged 20.75 points and 10.19 rebounds per game over 421 total games.
At 37 years old, it’s unclear how much Jamison would contribute to a Wizards roster that already contains the likes of Emeka Okafor, Nene, Trevor Booker and Chris Singleton. However, the Wizards could be looking to use Jamison as a mentor for the recently-drafted Otto Porter Jr., who the Wizards see as a 3/4 hybrid, much like Jamison in his prime. Jamison would also provide a quality bench option that can grab a rebound or hit an outside shot for coach Randy Wittman.
At this point in his career, it seems like Jamison would likely sign for the veteran minimum or less, so it’d be hard to question the Wizards for bringing him back. Perhaps “Antawn’s Army” will rise again.