The Los Angeles Clippers have nearly completed their roster. The team has turned Eric Bledsoe into quality wing players in J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley, signed Darren Collison to replace Bledsoe and have brought back Matt Barnes and Ryan Hollins to play reserve roles.
Now the team is looking into unrestricted free agent Antawn Jamison to play behind all-star Blake Griffin.
Free agent Antawn Jamison and the Clippers are making progress in talks on a one-year contract, league sources tell Y! Sports. No deal yet.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 8, 2013
While Jamison doesn’t have much left in the tank, he showed throughout last season that he can still be a solid player when given the minutes and proper role. During the 2012-13 season, Jamison averaged 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds as a reserve forward on the Los Angeles Lakers.
At this point in their respective careers, Jamison is a more viable option than Lamar Odom. Here are the players 2012-13 seasons compared via basketball-reference:
Both will likely sign for the veterans minimum if the Clips decide to bring either big back. While Odom is the better defender when his head is in the game and can be used as the secondary ball-handler in the offense, Jamison’s more consistent on the offensive end and his game is more suitable to what the Clippers have going on at the moment. Playing alongside Griffin or Jordan, Jamison’s history of being a three-shooter (34 percent career) will help give them space in the lane and his work in the pick-and-roll will be an advantage as he’s playing with the best point guard in the NBA.