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NBA notebook: Wizards sign Jamison; Arenas might be next

Published: July 1, 2008
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•Wizards re-sign Jamison: Two-time All-Star Antawn Jamison re-signed with Washington, agreeing to a four-year, $50 million deal.

The contract clears the way for the team to focus on its other major free agent: three-time All-Star Gilbert Arenas. Arenas has said he would not return unless the team re-signed Jamison.

Jamison has averaged at least 19 points and seven rebounds each year since arriving in Washington in 2004. Last season was arguably the best in his 10-year career — 21.4 points and 10.2 rebounds — as he and Caron Butler led the Wizards to a fourth straight playoff berth.

•Lakers make offers to Vujacic, Turiaf: The Los Angeles Lakers have given qualifying offers to restricted free agents Sasha Vujacic and Ronny Turiaf.

The Lakers, beaten by Boston in six games in the NBA finals, are expected to remain essentially intact for next season. General manager Mitch Kupchak has said he hopes to keep Vujacic and Turiaf.

As restricted free agents, Vujacic and Turiaf can sign an offer sheet with any team, but the Lakers would have the right to match.

By The Associated Press