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Thursday, April 26th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  21 responses

Antawn Jamison Intends to Leave the Cleveland Cavaliers


Soon-to-be free agent Antawn Jamison (who turns 36 this summer) will be looking for a new NBA home next season. Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Asked if he has made up his mind about not returning next season, he said ‘I think we both have. I understand the importance of Tristan (Thompson) and these younger guys getting the opportunity to play,’ he continued. ‘I’ve taught them so much and it’s been fun teaching them, but it’s time for me to move on as well. I don’t know what the future holds, I don’t know what opportunity might present itself, but I definitely have a great feeling this is probably my last home game and tomorrow will be my last game as a Cav.’ Jamison came here expecting to contend for a championship, then the rules of the game changed drastically and he was powerless to stop it. With one Decision, the Cavaliers went from contenders to rebuilders at the bottom of the NBA’s scrap heap. But Jamison kept quiet this year, kept his head down, kept working and kept leading. And the Cavaliers will be better off for it. The Cavaliers paid him a lot of money — more than $30 million the last 2 1/2 years — but he has earned the right to choose his next adventure. Whether that means signing with a contender in an effort to win a championship or go home to Charlotte and hold the same role as veteran mentor for the struggling Bobcats that he did with the Cavaliers, Jamison served his time here. He gave the Cavs everything he had and he did it in a professional manner.”

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  • Jerry Lin

    It’s about time.

  • Jayy

    Come back to golden state!

  • RunNGun

    To the Knicks… make it happen, Dolan.

  • Bravo

    He should go to the heat

  • T-Money

    antwan is the nicest guy and a consumate professional. i still wanted to throw things at my tv 2 years ago when kg was abusing him on the block. i remember getting worried when doc said before the series that he wanted kg to get 20 shots a game no matter what – he knew that between pierce and kg, there was nobody for twan to guard.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    good. the homie twan deserves better. for the record T-money… those cavs teams were designed to beat the magic, not the celtics. sh*t was hard for me to watch too.

  • MikeC.

    NY could use some frontcourt depth and more veteran leadership. I get the feeling that Chandler is the only Knick that has what it takes to be a leader when things aren’t going well. Melo seems like a great guy when he’s in his groove and the team is winning, but seems like he’d be a bit of a dork when the wheels fall off. Jamison has been on plenty of losing teams (a few winning teams) and has been a total pro the entire way. As long as his salary requests (he’s not in a place to make salary demands any more) are reasonable and for short years, then I’m all for NY taking a run at him. Good thing Knick management reads SLAM and takes my advice.

  • B.C.

    Of course he wants to leave Cleveland everyone hates the city of Cleveland. Like Joakim Noah said “What’s in Cleveland? I’ve never heard anyone say I’m going to vacation in Cleveland”. Haha people I feel bad for you and the city you live in.

  • bull22

    i think lebron james has the market cornered on leaving the cavaliers.

  • lakernation

    @ B.C. LMAO I dont feel bad for cleveland at all! They literally tried to deface Lebron James for wanting to leave that place…. They are gonna suffer for a while for being sour fans with all that hatred they had for Lebron.

  • ken

    Consumate professional, and a class act.

  • ken

    Consumate professional, and a class act.

  • Rainman

    why not the Suns? if they get Nash to return. That scoring forward has been a missing piece for the Suns..

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    It’ll be fun seeing him in a Bobcats uni next year.

  • lakernation

    @BETCATS LMAO!

  • Buujangles

    The Lebron James decision really screwed this guy over the most.

  • Cavelot

    We are looking at two ends of the spectrum.. a class act like Antawn in leaving with no fanfare or ESPN program and the other guy…As far as leadership , Jamison is the MAN!

  • jpm34

    Maybe he’ll go to a contender and win another sixth moy.

  • AdamD

    Great player and as many have said good professional. You never know, could end up on the spurs as they go for another run next year, he seems to be there sort of character guy.

  • http://Slamonline.com Twan’s the Man

    Antawn is a real class guy, look what he said when he had to leave DC. “I loved you more than you loved me.” He gave his best to every team he played for in college he won the Wooden Award, Naismith Award, the Oscar Robertson Award, in Dallas, was NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, in DC he helped get them in the playoffs & avg 32points and 10rebounds. In Cleveland he helped get the best record in the NBA, & winner of NBA’s 2012 Sportsmanship Award. Humble,leading by example, a mentor to the young ballers. (Look what happens when someone like James Harden thinks he’s all that to Kobe, and regretfully to Ron Artest). Helping to teach the kids of today how to act,react,and respect will help them win games but more important how to be a better person, I hope he returns home to Charlotte to play out his career with his family and mentor a new group of players.

  • Arlen Yoder

    Class act! No complaining! Professional! Over 20 PPG aside, he was a great asset to Cleveland Cavs team.

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