Back in February, the Washington Wizards nearly traded revor Ariza for Caron Butler before Clippers owner Donald Sterling nixed the deal. Now, the Wizards appear interested in bringing back Butler's old partner in crime in the frontcourt, Antawn Jamison. Via Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears:
Wizards also would "love" to bring back Antawn Jamison,who played there from 2004-10. Wiz texted the mutually interested Jamison on Sunday— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 1, 2013
Jamison is coming off a trying year with the Los Angeles Lakers where he fell in and out of the rotation and grew tired of the infighting. He was actually as efficient as ever when he did play, posting a 56.1 true shooting percentage and a 36-percent mark from three-point range. Of course, his usage was way down and he was playing with Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard, who occupy a ton of defensive attention. Also, his defense was as brutal as ever.
I realize the Wizards need a perimeter-shooting big man, but I'm not wild about the idea of bringing Jamison back. He's shot-happy, doesn't guard anybody and is less willing to accept a reduction in playing time than one would think. (Recall how he blew off his exit interview with the Lakers).
I understand that Jamison was a great player for this franchise, but I don't have much desire in bringing him back just because.