Report: Warriors entertaining Jamison's return

Report: Warriors entertaining Jamison's return
July 7, 2012, 1:57 am
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With one veteran free agent spurning the Warriors on Thursday, word is out that they are in talks with another seasoned swingman. General Manager Bob Myers has been talking to former Warrior Antawn Jamison, according to a Yahoo! report.

Jamison will reportedly talk with head coach Mark Jackson soon.

You would think that Myers would have an advantage in luring Jamison back to the Bay Area -- Myers served as his agent before re-routing his career through the Warriors' front office. But Myers served as Brandon Roy's agent as well, and Roy was the aforementioned veteran that chose not to join Golden State.

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Jamison is also reportedly talking with executives Rod Higgins and Rich Cho from his hometown Charlotte Bobcats.

Jamison, 36, played 336 games with the Warriors from 1998-2003, averaging 20.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

The two-time All Star's numbers haven't dropped off too far in 10 years away from Oakland; he averaged 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for the Cleveland Cavaliers last season.

Jamison made over 15 million doing so, and is coming off a four-year, 50 million contract with the Cavs.

The Warriors won't be able to shell out that kind of money. Myers has indicated this offseason that the team's available resources are somewhere in the 3 to 4 million range.

Were going to be diligent in our search, but I dont think were going to be as aggressive as some other teams in terms of spending, Myers said. We just dont have the resources. Were up against it right now.

"It" is the luxury tax. The Warriors are already over the salary cap. Their best chance at a free agent would come by means of the mid-level exception, which is worth approximately 5 million.

Jamison, who works out with Stephen Curry in the offseason, would provide the Warriors with added size in the frontcourt and is a scoring threat inside and out.