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Chris Kaman appears to be on the block

Posted on: February 1, 2011 10:44 am
Edited on: February 1, 2011 12:56 pm

Posted by Royce Young

The Los Angeles Clippers are in transition right now. They're moving away from the big dollar veterans and focusing more on low cost youngsters.

Chris Kaman, who was an All-Star last season, has been out with a bad left ankle for most of the season. He hasn't played since Dec. 5 and there's no timetable for his return. And really, I'm not sure the Clippers are rushing him by any means.

Coach Vinny Del Negro said Monday that if you want to ask about Kaman's availability, just call.

"It depends on what is out there, if there is someone we feel makes us a better team," Del Negro told the Los Angeles Daily News. "We're not in a position not to take a look at everything. It's nothing against Chris. He has tremendous skills. I love him and we need him. But if there is something that would help improve the L.A. Clippers, we would look at anything."

You hear that NBA? Anything. They'll look at anything.

Of course what makes Kaman that much more expendable is the rise of DeAndre Jordan. The athletic seven-footer has become a true presence in the middle, complementing Blake Griffin's game perfectly. Kaman, who is 28, is an offensive center that is looking for 12-15 shot attempts a game. Jordan is fine taking four, with all of them being dunks.

Problem for the Clippers is that Kaman's value isn't near as high as it was two months ago. He's injured so a team looking to add him for help down the stretch isn't sure about what he's going to give. And on top of that, before going down, Kaman wasn't playing all that well. On the season, he's averaging 10.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in just 10 games.

What does make Kaman harder to move is his contract. He has two years left on it but at $24 million. He is an All-Star level big man though so a contending team might be interested in bringing him in for a playoff push. Again, the injuries though limits his value to a degree though.

The Clippers would certainly be doing themseves a favor in moving Kaman and fully embracing the youth movement. There's some actual, legitimate excitement and momentum around the franchise right now and it's because of the young talent. Jordan and Griffin are a big part of that. Not to say Kaman doesn't have big time ability, but for the Clippers, it's just better to let the young guys have their minutes. The season's already likely a wash, so just dedicate it to letting your horses get better.

Plenty of teams would be interested in Kaman I'm sure. And like Del Negro said, just pick up the phone.


Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2011 11:35 am

Chris Kaman appears to be on the block

I am not sire if they would advance in the playoffs with him, but Kaman is a player that the Atlanta Hawks could really use.They have had no real center since the days of Theo. With the addition of Kamon, Horford could play the 4, and J smith the 3. Perhaps Teague and a 1st round pick could get the trade doe. Just a thought.

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2011 8:00 am

Chris Kaman appears to be on the block

I be the goes to the heat

Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2011 5:19 am

Kaman to Orlando?

Hey the Orlando Magic are looking for a Center to backup D. Howard because B. Bass is a power foward who is backing up Howard
 since they traded Gortat to Phoenix. Also the Magic need a big man so when they face the Lakers, Celtics, and spurs in playoffs.
This could also work in favor of Clippers because they could ask for J. Nelson in a trade for Kaman because B. Davis is getting older
 and Neson would be a good veteran leader for Griffin, Jordan, and Gordan. As a Kings fan I would hate to see Clippers get better!'

Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2011 3:14 am

Chris Kaman appears to be on the block

So Blake Griffin is white now, 100% like Larry Bird I guess....ha...well, sorry to say it but it is his 50% black side that makes him as good as he is, imagine if he was 100% black, he would be averaging 40 and 20, lol....I'm kidding in case you didn't know.

Anyway, back to Captain caveman, a contender would be wise to add him but not many teams have cap space to spare.  I think if the Clippers can jump dump his salary for a 2nd rounder they should do it.

I would say OKC would be a great team to try to pull something but only if they could get rid of a guy they never should have drafted in 2010 in the first place and while Ibaka is a great fit they certainly will need more size if they see the Lakers again in the playoffs this year or next plus they have a couple other expirings like Peterson/Kristic.  Portland would be another possibility with Pryzbilla/Marks expirings but you know their luck with big men so Kaman may want to just put himself on the DL if that trade goes down. Houston would be a good fit too but I am not sure about the mathematics of the Yao contract and injury exception 

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2011 1:54 am

Chris Kaman appears to be on the block

If Kaman's ego can take it, I'd keep him as a backup center. He defends the rim and can put points on the board. Skilled bigs aren't that easy to find, and as we in Portland know, injuries do happen. If I'm building a team to make the playoffs next year (which, injuries aside, is a reasonable goal for the Clippers) I want to keep as much talent around as possible. The team is playing well the way it is (though Kaman is out) so if it's not a chemistry issue, don't mess with it.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2011 1:45 am

Chris Kaman appears to be on the block

Yeah, white guys like Blake Griffen. The kid's a stiff like all the other white guys. Get a brain.

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2011 1:42 am

Chris Kaman appears to be on the block

Here come the Lakers!

Since: Mar 13, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2011 12:11 am

Chris Kaman appears to be on the block

White guys can't play in the NBA.  And his contract is crazy stupid.  Release him and move on.

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2011 10:34 pm

Chris Kaman appears to be on the block

 that would never happen in a million years.

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2011 10:21 pm

Chris Kaman appears to be on the block

Really hope the Rockets get him they have the expiring contracts and the Rockets really need a center (albiet an injury prone one). But speaking from an unbias point of view the Thunder should go after this guy deal peterson and krstic + draft picks, because they really need a big to be a legit title contender.

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