Jamison has stayed close to the game since his 16-year career ended after the 2013-14 season. He spent the last two years as a scout for the Los Angeles Lakers, before accepting this bigger role with the Wizards.
It’s safe to say Washington needs all the help they can get in this department. The two-time All-Star will join a Wizards squad featuring Bradley Beal, a very-much-injured John Wall, and . . . well, that’s pretty much it. It’s grim, especially when accounting for how much Wall is handicapping them, as his four-year, $171 million deal begins this season, while he still rehabs from a torn Achilles that threatens to keep him out the entirety of the upcoming year.
So Jamison has his work cut out for him.
Jamison played for six teams in the NBA, and made more appearances (421 over six years) with the Wizards than with any other team. So it’s a bit of a homecoming in that regard (though he also played for the Lakers).
He was drafted fourth overall in 1998 by the Toronto Raptors, who immediately traded his rights to the Warriors, in exchange for his college teammate Vince Carter. He averaged 20.2 points per game in five years with the Warriors, before being traded to the Dallas Mavericks.
While with the Warriors, Jamison famously scored 51 points in consecutive games.