(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) — The Los Angeles Lakers made headlines when they traded for point guard Steve Nash, but signing veteran forward Antawn Jamison may prove to be just as important.
The 36-year-old Jamison will be entering his 15th NBA season. He spent the last two and a half seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Jamison has not had much playoff success. He hopes to change all that now that he’s in Los Angeles.
“Those (last) two years in Cleveland have been tough,” Jamison said. “My biggest thing even before I got there was, I just wanted a chance, because I’d never really had a chance be part of a team that can contend for a championship or really have a legitimate opportunity. Then I got to Cleveland and it was only for two months. I just felt like, well, that’s probobly the best chance I will ever get.”
Jamison will be coming off the bench as a member of the Lakers. The last time Jamison came off the bench was during the 2003-2004 season when he won Sixth Man of the Year for the Dallas Mavericks.
Last season for the Cavaliers, Jamison averaged 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
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