Is your favorite NBA team in need of a center this season? If that is the case then they maybe interested in acquiring New Orleans Hornets veteran center Chris Kaman as the club is ready to strike a deal. The “Times Picayune” and “ESPN.com” reported Friday night that the Hornets are trying to move the veteran big man that they acquired last month in the package that sent point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers. Kaman was not even in the New Orleans Arena on Friday as the Hornets trounced the Orlando Magic 93-67.
New Orleans General Manager Dell Demps told reporters that the center and the club agree that it would be best for all concerned for Kaman to be moved before the March 15, NBA trading deadline. Demps said “We’ve informed Chris that we are looking into possible trades and he was understanding about the situation. We’re working together on this. Chris has been the ultimate professional since he joined us. In no way is this a disciplinary action. We had discussions about extending his current contract when he first came to the Hornets, but the organization decided to go in a different direction.”
Hornets head coach Monty Williams echoed the sentiments of Demps. He told reporters “It’s just something that we want to play our young guys and we certainly don’t want to disrespect Chris at all. This is something we want to keep internally. It’s certainly not disciplinary and he understands and I talked to him. We’re going to play Jason Smith, Gustavo Ayon and Al-Farouq Aminu. It’s just difficult to play that many bigs and I understand how difficult it is for him to not get the minutes he wants.”
Kaman is a talented big man whose skills could help a team in need of a player to man the pivot position. He was a member of the NBA All-Star team in 2010, and has averaged 11.7 points and 8.3 rebounds during his eight seasons in the Association. The only problem that the Hornets may have in dealing him is that he is in the last year of a deal that pays him a reported $14.2 million for this season. With very few teams with salary-cap flexibility right now, Demps may have a tough time finding a trade partner.