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.