The Chicago Bulls have been now been officially linked to Antawn Jamison, not surprising since he's one of three or four players left that I'd say are worth taking over Malcolm Thomas.
The signing of Jamison could also signal the end of Erik Murphy and have the Bulls pursue another player to accept the sixth big man role with Jamison filling in as the stretch four at a much higher caliber than Murphy would be expected to.
However, one interesting thing to note about Jamison is that he's looking to play not just make a roster:
"I think last year, getting the opportunity to play for the Lakers and their organization, I really jumped into it," Jamison said. "Didn't really view my options, but this year I really want to make sure I'm going to the right situation, where I have a good rapport with the coaching staff and also with management I'm able to communicate and get an understanding of what they want from me.
"Because it looks good on paper doesn't mean it's the perfect fit, so I really want to make sure the next team I go to, whether it's a one- or two-year deal, that it's a really good fit and we have a understanding with each other as well. That's why you really have to take your time and key into what's best not just for me but for my family as well."
The article notes that "Jamison was outspoken about problems he had in Los Angeles, namely the lack of playing time he saw under coach Mike D'Antoni.", so presumably, he'll want a good chunk of minutes in Chicago. Now Jamison came into a league as somewhat of a hybrid three/four, but with all the years on his body he's morphed into the Robert Horry role where he's purely a stretch four.
He's a stretch four because he's too slow to play a three, but he's not exactly a defensive ace at the four position either.
He's not exactly what the Bulls need, but he'd be a sizable upgrade over Erik Murphy. Too bad for Murphy if that happens, because he didn't show me enough to say "we need to develop this guy and give him a chance". If the Bulls upgrade Murphy for about one million extra they could waive him and bring in Malcolm Thomas or someone else to play the role of sixth big since Jamison covers your shooting needs.
The Bulls may also simply opt to keep Murphy in that scenario, but it's unlikely he ever sees the court without significant injuries as his role on the team would be taken up by someone the Bulls likely feel fills it much better.
It'd be a nice strong move for Chicago, and it's got potential for Jamison as well. It simply depends whether Jamison feels he'll play enough here. I know he wants to be on the floor, but he wants to also be on a winning team. Jamison's probably not good enough to play major minutes on a winning team anymore.
The move also would signal Taj playing all of the back up center minutes. With Jamison playing 15 minutes a night at back up PF, room needs to be made elsewhere for the players better than Nazr, so that sticks them more at center. Nothing wrong with that. I think you'd just want to make sure you keep Boozer and Jamison off the floor at the same time for defensive purposes.
All in all, I'd like the signing, but I'm not sure the Bulls are what Jamison wants. The thing is, I don't know anyone else is either. He may simply not be ready to accept the fact he's not going to get what he wants.