Throughout the NBA playoffs, we will highlight a new 2013 free agent playing on that given day while projecting a possible fit with the Wizards. Washington currently does not have significant salary cap space for any big-ticket items, but six players on the current roster will hit the open market this summer including Martell Webster, A.J. Price, Garrett Temple and Cartier Martin. Others still on the roster are potential trade candidates. Obviously re-signing some or all of the aforementioned free agents is an option, but those pieces won't solve all their needs. The Wizards have three draft picks, including a first round selection, but whatever positives rookies might bring will not included NBA experience. That's why we want to know these free agents a little better...
Free agent: Antawn Jamison, PF, Los Angeles Lakers
Vitals: 6-foot-9, 235 lbs. Turns 37 in July
Stats: Hampered by a brutally slow start to the season, the ex-Wizard averaged a career-low 9.4 points with 4.8 rebounds while shooting 36.1 percent from the 3-point range. In 28 games after the All-Star break, Jamison shot 42.2 percent from beyond the arc while averaging 11.0 points and 5.2 rebounds.
Playoff Matchup: No. 7 seed in the West, the Lakers trail the San Antonio 3-0. Game 4 is Sunday at Los Angeles.
The fit: Did someone say the Wizards needed a stretch-four and another scoring threat off the bench? While the14-year veteran is non-factor defensively and no longer a primary point-producer as was the case during his 5 1/2 seasons with Washington, Jamison can still drain perimeter shots. Moreover, there is the experience thing, even though 37 might be more experience than the Wizards are looking to add for next season. Another positive locker room presence never hurts and the two-time All-Star is well respected around the league and inside the Verizon Center.
Chances of becoming a Wizard: One of the most popular Washington hoopsters in recent history, Jamison would be embraced by the fans and likely management -- but not by the latter if the former were looking for a high-rotation role. That's probably not coming from any interested team. Other franchises could at least offer a legitimate NBA Finals run, something Jamison's resume still lacks, though he should still be just outside ride-along-program type offers. At a basic level, the Wizards would have to jettison at least Chris Singleton or Trevor Booker to open rotation space for Jamison and take care of its swingman vacancy behind Bradley Beal with their first-round pick. Talking about a Jamison return brings heavy nostalgia and a basic filling of the Wizards needs, but the price would have to be oh-so-right (one-year deal) and a roster spot open to consider. If everyone could agree on a 10-15 minute role while understanding the young players receive first priority, who knows. At least Jamison should have plenty of time for rest seeing as the Lakers are on the verge of getting swept out of the playoffs.
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