Antawn Jamison Will Sign WIth Lakers Over Bobcats, According To Report

The Los Angeles Lakers' busy 2012 NBA free agency period has already brought Steve Nash to Tinseltown from Phoenix, and the Lakers are always seemingly moments from consummating a trade to bring Dwight Howard to L.A. or send Andrew Bynum out. Until then, Lakers fans will have to settle for lower-profile deals, like signing Antawn Jamison. The Charlotte Observer reports that Jamison, a free agent, will sign with the Lakers, choosing them over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Jamison spent most of his last three years with the Cavaliers, and as a starter, but his effectiveness is on the wane entering his age-36 season. Jamison still produced 18.7 points per 36 minutes in 2011-12, but on 17.5 shots per 36 minutes, and his shooting has declined sharply from 48.5 percent from the field in his first year in Cleveland to a woeful 40.3 percent, a career worst, last year.

Jamison won't be asked to do nearly as much scoring with the Lakers, assuredly, which could make him more valuable as a defender and role player. But his arrival in Los Angeles might mean that Metta World Peace, whose contract has been made him a candidate for the use of the Lakers' amnesty clause, is on the way out.

For more on the Lakers, head to Silver Screen and Roll and SB Nation Los Angeles.

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