Just to make things interesting, check out this tweet from Dave McMenamin who covers the Lakers for ESPNLA.com.
Just talked to Mitch Kupchak about Antawn Jamison. He acknowledged interest but said: “We’re not about to do anything. I would know.”
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 17, 2012
Jamison likely still ends up in a Lakers uniform next season, but this also stirs the speculation that the Lakers weren’t as interested as many reports may have suggested in the past week. More to come.
Antawn Jamison did a great job of building up his possible return to his home state this summer and had many, including myself, convinced that he was ready to take on a veteran leadership role for the Bobcats. Instead, Jamsion has chosen to join the Los Angeles Lakers where he’ll likely be in a reserve role behind Pau Gasol and make one last push at getting a championship ring before his career ends.
A source tells me Antawn Jamison will be a Laker.
— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) July 16, 2012
For Jamsion, it seemed as if basketball was extremely important to him all along and playing for a championship is something he really wanted to do. What seemed even more evident was the fact that he was drooling over the opportunity to play in front of his family every single night, finally returning home to end his career. Jamison seemed to almost reach out to the local media in Charlotte in the past few weeks, explaining why he could see himself as a Bobcat soon, but all for nothing as the news this evening has Charlotte scratching their heads and heading back to the drawing board in free agency. Don’t be fooled, the Bobcats had put all their eggs in one basket with trying to land Jamison and now the team will either look to a summer league surprise to add front court depth, or feed from the bottom of what’s left in free agency.