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Report: Heat targeting Kaman

Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:43 am
The Heat reportedly have interest in Chris Kaman if he's bought out from the Hornets. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

The Heat are not through trying to build their roster. reports that the Heat are attempting to acquire Chris Kaman, should he be bought out of his contract after the trade deadline. 
Heat officials, including president Pat Riley, have been calling people who know Kaman to ask about him, a source told on Wednesday.

The thinking is the Heat’s best effort to get a center would be to sign Kaman — if his contract is bought out by New Orleans after the March 15 trade deadline.
via Miami Heat Chris Kaman Minnesota Timberwolves Pau Gasol Los Angeles Lakers trade 021512 - NBA News | FOX Sports on MSN.

A trade isn't feasible due to the very little flexibility the Heat have on their roster to make salaries match. Kaman was put on the block in January and even allowed to stay away from the team while a trade was negotiated, but a deal wasn't found. After a week the Hornets actually publicly announced they were taking him off the block and he rejoined the team. So the odds of another team swooping in to snatch him up are very low.

The Heat would be a great fit for Kaman, allowing him to compete for a title and giving the Heat a legitimate center down low. In stunning news, Eddy Curry has failed to make an impact and the Heat face the same problem they had last season with size down low. Joel Anthony is a skilled defender and has made great strides offensively this season but still lacks the bulk to make an impact down low. If Kaman were to agree to a deal for the veteran minimum, which doesn't seem likely, it would mean the Heat would start four current or former All-Stars. Which is just kind of ridiculous.

It's no guarantee the Hornets will buy Kaman out, nor is it likely he'll lean towards the Heat if bought out. It's entirely another team, like the Boston Celtics could make a similar offer, or a team with more cap room could make an offer. Kaman would have to agree to a buyout in the first place, and there's been no indication either way of Kaman's feelings on that front. 

It's a scary thought for the rest of the league that the Heat could wind up with Kaman, and you'd have to think that puts separation between them and the rest of the league in terms of who is the best team in the league by shoring up their biggest weakness.

Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:16 am

Report: Heat targeting Kaman

Chris will join his buddy Dirk in Dallsa.
Makes sense to me.

Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:14 am

Report: Heat targeting Kaman

Starting four current or former all-stars doesn't mean that much; when the Celtics start Jermaine O'Neal, they start five, three of which are guaranteed HOFers, and they still aren't very good.  It's about having two of the five best players in the league. 

Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:33 am

Report: Heat targeting Kaman

The Miami Heat may have three of the league's biggest stars on its roster, but it has needed someone to play center effectively since last season. While the team made it all the way to the Finals, the Mavs may have topped them in last year's championship because of that weakness.

 The Heat are New Orleans Hornets center Chris Kaman, whose current deal could be bought out by the Hornets after the March 15 deadline.

Kaman, of course, was banished from the Hornets for seven games while the team unsuccessfully tried to unload him earlier this season. Since nobody would take Kaman and his contract that pays him $14 million this season, the NBA-owned Hornets brought him back. The Heat belief  that the 7-foot Kaman … could be bought out if the Hornets end up failing to get a deal they want for him.Kaman joined the Hornets as part of the Chris Paul deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.

"If they could get him, that would solidify the championship,'' the source told Fox.

Kaman is averaging 10.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game this season.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:32 am

Report: Heat targeting Kaman

LOMAX---that made me lmao...thanks

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:31 am

Report: Heat targeting Kaman

With Okafor out for an extended time the Hornets aren't going to buy out Kaman. 

Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:16 am

Report: Heat targeting Kaman

No more white dudes unless he's asian.

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