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Will Jamison stay or go?

The Sports Xchange

It would not be outlandish to see Antawn Jamison return to the Cavaliers next year.

First of all, the Cavs couldn't break the bank paying him, even though they'll be as much as $20 million under the salary cap.

Jamison earned $15.1 million this season. If he would accept a contract in the $5 million or $6 million range, they might oblige.

Since Tristan Thompson appears to be in line to start, Jamison might have to come off the bench. He has been a productive starter for most of his career.

Even though the Wizards will have cap space, don't expect them to sign a marquee free agent. They are committed to building the team through the draft.

Jamison, 35, is a good mentor for young players like Thompson. It wouldn't be totally outlandish for him to return.

If Jamison thinks he could still earn a starting job elsewhere, could go to a team that has a good chance to go deep into the playoffs or could get paid far more than the Cavs would be willing to offer, then wish him luck and send him on his way.

The Cavs could be a playoff team -- should be, actually -- next season if a consistent wing scorer and another quality big man are added to the mix.

Jamison loves playing for the Cavs. They love having him. It might make more sense than one realizes for him to return.

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