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UPDATE: Why Jamison makes sense for Bobcats

Rick Bonnell’s interview with Antawn Jamison further cements the speculation that he’ll end up signing with Charlotte, but he does admit that the last thing missing from his career is a championship ring. See below.

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It seems to be down to Charlotte, L.A. Lakers & Golden State for Antawn Jamsion, but according to Yahoo Sports Marc Spears things went well yesterday/last night in Jamison’s meeting with Cho and the Bobcats.

Spears also added that Jamison works out with Stephen Curry in the off-season, so that may be a pull to get him to Golden State. I’m not necessarily buying that, though. If this decision is at least somewhat about Jamison and being close to his family, then how does it make sense to go play on the west coast for a team that likely won’t be a serious contender? Also, with the Warriors deciding not to go ahead and extend Curry’s contract this summer, Jamison has to have some speculation that Stephen will even be in Golden State by this time next year. In fact, he may even be in Charlotte.

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The ex-Tar Heel is preparing to enter his 14th season in the NBA and seemingly has a tough decision to make on his next landing spot.

Last season, Jamison made it clear that he would be interested in signing with Charlotte this summer. Reports indicate that the Bobcats have now expressed real interest in Jamison and that he’ll be in Charlotte to visit the Bobcats today and tomorrow.

If the Bobcats are indeed interested in Jamison and on the verge of offering him a contract, Jamison must decide whether or not he’s willing to play the final year’s of his career on a team that’s highly unlikely to compete for a playoff spot.

There’s no question that Jamison is going to draw serious interest from contenders in the league. Boston, Minnesota, Orlando & Brooklyn all come to mind as possible suitors depending on how the remainder of the free-agency domino’s fall. The decision between going home to be closer to family over possibly competing for an NBA championship certainly can’t be an easy one, but one that Antawn is about to face.

It’s likely that Charlotte would offer Jamison a deal that would consists of two years and less than $10 million. Probably more around $4/year.

He makes sense in a Bobcats uniform for a few different reasons. First off, Jamison is a veteran who has a reputation for being a hard worker and a very high character person, making him a great fit as a ‘change of culture’ type of player that Cho is looking for. Secondly, Jamison would add a stretch PF that can score in a variety of ways to compliment Biyombo’s limitations on the offensive end. If you’re Charlotte handing out a contract worth around $4 million/year over the next two seasons for a guy who you know is going to come with a good attitude everyday, will be a great mentor to the youth in Charlotte and is coming off a season, at age 36, where started every game for Cleveland, where’s the loss? Jamison averaged 17.2 PPG & 6.3 RPG last season. The Bobcats leading scorer, Gerald Henderson, averaged 15.1 PPG last season. So, with Jamison, we’re talking about bringing in a player who could conceivably lead the team in scoring for likely the league’s mid-level contract offer.

For Charlotte, it hasn’t been a crazy successful summer as far as free agency is concerned, but don’t be fooled, it was never the plan to go after the big fish this summer. The Eric Gordon and Goran Dragic rumblings were likely just phone calls made by the front office to see just how opposed those guys would be to playing in Charlotte. A guy like Jamison is exactly the caliber of player that Cho and the Bobcats were planning on targeting this off-season and he’s now there to be had, it seems.

So again, when you can go out and add a veteran presence into the locker room (badly needed), gain a high worth ethic/character player who will contribute and seemingly get this at the mid-level price, why not?

Expect the Bobcats to offer Jamison a contract tomorrow. That’s just me guessing, but just don’t see where this visit could go wrong.

10 comments to UPDATE: Why Jamison makes sense for Bobcats

  • Krispy

    I hope he accepts whatever we offer him. He will be a great addition to the team over the next few years he has left.

  • This is a no-brainer, for both sides. We get the veteran leadership and skills of Jamison, at a very reasonable price, and he gets to finish his career with a Championship Ring. No, obviously not this year, and maybe not next year either, but after seeing what Mr Cho did in OKC, and knowing that he’s got even more knowledge and experience now than he did then, so long as Jamison can last 3 or 4 more years instead of just the 2 mentioned in the article, he’s got a great shot at not only finishing his career at home, but going out on top. And his leadership skills will be one of the reasons why, our young Superstars need guys like him to help them reach their full potential. I definitely hope we get this deal done soon, and get him in there and start the process of him making the Bobcats better, in all the many ways he will do that.

  • QCcat

    I don’t see why we would do this. We need centers and point guards with size, not another forward. I love Jamison game and character and what he would bring to the locker room, but we need our younger guys to get that pt not someone who will be here for 3 years tops. Why are we not going after Ramon Sessions? Jordan Hill? Ian Mahinmi? These are young guys that will be around for a while and help the team as we grow and they all play positions we need help at.

  • charlottean

    hahaha cho was an assistant in OKC. you act like sam presti doesn’t exist. and what happened there had way more to do with portland taking greg oden than it did with their brilliance. it’s a tried and true strategy of building through high draft picks and developing them. that being said, if that’s what we’re trying to do……and this is coming from a huge jamison fan……bringing in jamison would take away shots and minutes from a young’n that we need to be developing. we missed a great opportunity to get thabeet for the minimum. we could get a hickson or anthony randolph or trade for somebody with an upside. jamison would make an ideal roster player and mentor except that he’s STILL good enough to start on a contender. he could go to the clippers right now and do caron butlers job. he could go to the lakers and do ron’s.

    he’s too good to play him 20 minutes a game and that’s what we need somebody to do.

  • Edmond

    The team has to have some veterans though man, guys that can be mentors and teach the young guys a thing or two. Plus, What young guys do we really have at PF? We have Bismack, but he’s going to play a fair share at center, and Jamison could teach Bismack how to play O in the paint. I don’t see how this move would be bad, just depends on the contract I guess. Jamison fits the mold Dunlap is bringing in, would definitely be a good example for the young guys. ( anyone know where I can buy a home MKG jersey?)

  • charlottean

    OKC didn’t have any real veterans there. Neither did indiana unless you count jeff foster.

    You don’t want jamison taking away from mullens’ potential development OR standing in the way of signing a young guy like hickson.

    Simultaneously you don’t want to see him playing 20 mpg on a bad team that he would no doubt be the best player on when he could be starting for the lakers. That’s the angle I’m looking at. If hickson doesn’t look like a fit, and there’s no ideal candidate past a fringe dleague kind of guy, jamison will work perfectly.-

  • Mathew Lewis

    If the Cats sign Jamison he’ll definitely be playing more than 20 MGP. He played over 33 MPG last season on a more talented team that also has young, developing players like Charlotte. If the Cats don’t sign a starting caliber center and they do sign Jamison count on him starting at PF with Biyombo in the middle. The main player Jamison would be taking minutes away from would be Mullens. I do believe Mullens can get better, but I don’t necessarily see him as a starting caliber playing on a competitive team – and I’m not sure the front office does either. Either way, this is not a team gushing with talent so there are minutes to go around. I understand the need to get the young guys out there, but there’s certainly a delicate balance between learning on the fly (playing lots of minutes) and being mentored by coaches/experienced players. Just look at a situation such as John Wall and the Wizards. I think the front office is wary of going down the same path with this team.

  • jsn23nc

    I dont think it makes any sense at all to sign Jamison. Im an UNC fan but I dont want Jamison taking away playing time from MKG or the post players Biyombo and Mullens. The only way I would want to see Jamison play for Charlotte is if he’s willing to come off the bench and help the younger players develop.

  • charlottean

    But matt, what do we stand to gain by playing jamison 35 mpg instead of mullins. Mullins MIGHT have a breakout year this year and be a solid player for this team for years. Jamison might retire.

    Jamison plays we win more this year. So 24 wins instead of 20. Worse draft pick, less development for young guys. Now if you sign a hickson instead, he’s as young as mullins. And I’m a bigger fan of jamison than hickson. It’s about what makes most sense. Jamison should sign with a contender for 1 year and THEN come here to be a veteran reserve for 2 or 3 more years. He’s still too good to fit on this team.

  • charlottean

    Mullens*