Antawn Jamison Intends to Leave the Cleveland Cavaliers

by April 26, 2012
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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.”