Former All Star Jamison joins Wizards’ front office
Antawn Jamison earned his only two NBA All-Star selections as a member of the Washington Wizards. Now he’s returning to the team in a front office role.
The Wizards announced Wednesday that Jamison was named their new director of pro personnel. Jamison, 43, has been a scout for the Los Angeles Lakers the past two seasons.
The Wizards also hired Laron Profit and John Carideo as scouts on Wednesday.
Jamison played six seasons with the Wizards, from 2004 until 2010, when he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team trade in February of that year. In 421 games with Washington, he averaged 20.8 points and 8.9 assists.
“We are absolutely thrilled to bring Antawn back to the Wizards organization,” Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard said in a statement. “In addition to his strong feel for the game and basketball knowledge, he has always been a true professional and a dedicated worker. We look forward to him bringing those qualities to our front office.”
The Wizards have retooled their front office since firing longtime GM Ernie Grunfeld in April. In addition to naming Sheppard the new GM, former NFL executive Sashi Brown and former Georgetown coach John Thompson III were hired for roles.
Jamison’s 17-season career came to an end when he retired after the 2013-14 season. He was selected No. 4 overall by the Raptors in the 1998 draft but traded to the Golden State Warriors in a draft-night swap that sent his North Carolina teammate Vince Carter to Toronto.