By Eric Pincus
April 29, 2013, 5:50 p.m.
Lakers forward Antawn Jamison is set to undergo wrist surgery at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
The Lakers' veteran forward sustained an injury on March 22 in a loss to the Washington Wizards. An MRI revealed ligament damage, but Jamison played through the discomfort to help the team finish the season.
Injuries hindered the Lakers all year -- especially in the playoffs as they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs, with Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jodie Meeks and Metta World Peace all missing time.
Despite the Lakers' efforts to contact him, Jamison skipped his exit interview with the team on Monday, according to a team spokesman.
After coming to the Lakers on a one-year, veterans minimum contract ($1.35 million), Jamison is not expected back.
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MT @mcten: Source close to Jamison says wrist surgery "went well, no complications." Also, AJ did not intentionally miss exit interview
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Jerry Buss wrote:One of the biggest reasons I bought the Lakers was to beat the Celtics …..you just got it into your soul that you couldn't stand the Celtics anymore
Chillbongo wrote:Are we getting this dude back? Was the exit interview thing overplayed?
He always seemed ok with the situation, not necessarily ecstatic but I can't imagine him being that against returning to the Lakers. Other than because MDA did him wrong, as he does with many. I would hate to see another Matt Barnes situation where player doesn't mesh with coach, and then said player goes to a different team and kills it.
He was key in a good number of wins this season. Easy scoring, veteran player, and definitely provided some of the only spark on the bench this year.
therealdeal wrote:I'm sure he'll find a better offer somewhere like... Oh, I don't know... Miami.
therealdeal wrote:He's extremely unlikely to come back. He didn't get along with the coach and the entire season I think probably left a bad taste in his mouth.
All three of the Lakers’ free agents -- Earl Clark, Antawn Jamison and Howard -- are probable to return, with Howard commanding a max contract and Jamison presumably re-signing for the veteran’s minimum.
karacha wrote:I would definitely welcome him back. Yes, we do have to get younger and more athletic, but you simply can't get a better player then Jamison for that money. He actually fits nicely. Does not play the "old man's game". He's in fantastic shape, does not miss games, and is pretty mobile for a 4 even at 36, when you think about it. I honestly think we should bring him back if he's willing to give it a try. He has a lot of fuel left in the tank. Good teammate, good locker room guy, never complains about anything -- heavy minutes or no minutes at all. He simply shows up for every practice and works hard.
therealdeal wrote:Here's the issue with that: do we want to keep moving forward with the development of Clark? Or do we want to continue giving Jamison the backup PF duties?
Because we don't really have time for both.