Friday July 6th, 2012

Antawn Jamison has the offseason to decide if he wants to join his hometown Bobcats or chase the elusive NBA title. (David Kyle/Getty Images)

Lacking on Antawn Jamison's résumé is an NBA title, but he may not pursue a ring if it's not in the best interests of his family.

Jamison told Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer on Friday that there is interest between the hometown Charlotte Bobcats and the veteran.

“We broke the ice,’’ Jamison said of his two-hour meeting over dinner Thursday night. “To say there’s interest on both sides is definite. “Now it’s up to me. Do I want to come home to be with my kids? Or should I pursue the best opportunity to win a ring?’’

Jamison met with Bobcats executives Rod Higgins and Rich Cho on Thursday night in Charlotte, where Jamison grew up and currently resides in the offseason. He played three years at the University of North Carolina and won the 1998 Player of the Year award before going to the NBA.

He averaged 17.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game last year with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team with which he signed in 2009 when LeBron James was still there in an effort to secure an NBA title.

The 14-year veteran would serve as a mentor to a young Bobcats team that just finished with the worst winning percentage in the history of the NBA. Charlotte could use the power forward to help nurture the development of Bismack Biyombo, especially after trading Corey Maggette prior to the draft for Ben Gordon.

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