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Cavaliers Close To Setting Starting Five, With J.J. Hickson Likely To Get The Nod Over Antawn Jamison

Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that new Cavs head coach Byron Scott has settled on starting Mo Williams at point guard, Anthony Parker at shooting guard, Jamario Moon at small forward, and Anderson Varejao at center when the Cavs host the Celtics to open their season on October 27th. The lone question mark is power forward, but that position “appears to be [J.J.] Hickson’s to lose,” says Lloyd. That would leave Antawn Jamison, a 12-year veteran with a career scoring average of 19.8 points per game, coming off the bench:

Scott still hasn’t spoken with Jamison about his role for this season, but he intends to do so in the next couple of days. Jamison has already said he would be willing to take a bench role if necessary. It’s a lot of pride to swallow for a 17,000-point scorer on a rebuilding team.

 

Lloyd points out that Jamison indeed won the Sixth Man of the Year Award with the Mavericks in the 2003/04 season, when he averaged 14.8 points in just 29 minutes while shooting 53.5 percent from the floor, so coming off the bench isn’t new for him. But it is unusual, and given where the Cavs stand at present—with no true franchise player after LeBron James’ departure—it might behoove them to deal Jamison to a contending team that can better use his skills.

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