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Report: Hornets shopping center Chris Kaman

Jan 27, 2012, 9:53 PM EDT

Dell Demps, Chris Kaman AP

When you heard that center Chris Kaman was a healthy scratch Wednesday, then again Friday night for the Hornets, you wondered what was up. That team is too devoid of talent to just sit a solid center. It’s not a question of effort, say what you will about Kaman he’s trying.

Now we know — the Hornets are trying to trade him.

Hornets GM Dell Demps confirmed it to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Although sources stressed to ESPN.com that no deal was imminent, Kaman was not with the team for its home game Friday night against Orlando while the league-owned Hornets field trade calls for him.

The Hornets, sources said, have decided to shelve Kaman until they can find a trade home for him after making the decision to give his minutes to young players.

Teams that are interested include the Rockets, Pacers, Jazz and Spurs, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Houston and the Spurs needs size in the paint and have chased just about every center on the market; the Pacers could use depth behind the emerging Roy Hibbert.

But that $14 million salary will make moving Kaman a challenge because the Hornets only want building blocks back — young players, picks — and are not going to take on more salary. Especially with the league owning the team and trying to sell it. Remember the Hornets drove a hard deal in moving Chris Paul, killing a deal with the Lakers (although I still think pressure from other owners was involved there) and at one point driving the Clippers away from the table by asking for too much.

They may be doing it again, Wojnarowski tweets that other executives are again balking at the price asked.

“They were asking for draft picks, cap space and a young player,” one executive says.

Demps has got a challenge on his hands.

Kaman was part of the trade that sent Chris Paul to the Clippers. It was long assumed the Hornets would eventually try to move him elsewhere. While overpaid at $14 million this season, he is a solid NBA center who can score on the block, defend and rebound (he is averaging 9.2 points and 6.6 rebounds a game this season). Plus he is only 29. There are reasons to want him.

  1. baaaaaaait - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    give the sixers a call

  2. edmazeing1 - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    How about a 2nd Round pick …….from all Spurs fans!!!

  3. 00maltliquor - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Why? Why not keep him? He’s easily a top 10 Center in the league and he said he likes it in Nawlins so what gives? His #s are only like that because he hasn’t started much and plays limited minutes for those of you who want to argue that top 10 C comment. He can do it all, score, rebound, block, he’s 29, 7”0, hits the mid-range and has a variety of post moves, was an all-star a few seasons ago so you know he has the ability.

    Yeah, he is a tad bit overpaid, but so is just about everyone else in the league, especially at the center position. You don’t find 7”0ers that have all those skills. Even if he’s not a top 30 player in the league he is more then useful as a center.

    • goforthanddie - Jan 28, 2012 at 1:05 AM

      I believe he’s unrestricted after this season. They want whatever they can get.

  4. craigsimsrules - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Better call David Stern this is his trade to make

  5. goforthanddie - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Demps has got a challenge on his hands.

    You misspelled “Stern”.

  6. tcclark - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Get him to Philly! Unfortunately it’s unlikely. without trading any of the core players the only way the salaries can work is if the sixers trade Nocioni, Brackins, and Vucevic, along with Mareese Speights’ trade exception.

    I just don’t see that happening. The Sixers are high on Vuc and i don’t think they’d be willing to trade him for a rental like Kaman. if they planned on resigning him maybe, but even then I don’t think Vuc and garbage is enough for the Hornets either.

    It would be nice but i don’t see it happening.

  7. keyshawn22 - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    How about to the Celtics, they are a center away from being a contender this year. This would fix all of their short term problems.

    • pukpokito - Jan 28, 2012 at 2:08 AM

      Don’t know about contending.But he fills the need at the 5 and he will help contribute for cap space.He can re-sign after all the recruting.

  8. bparmalee - Jan 27, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    As a Pacers fan I hope they can find a way to ship out Tyler “Im never going to box out” Hansbrough for Kaman. I am sick of watching him shoot jumpers and letting his guy get offensive rebounds. Cousins got 9 O boards.. with most of them coming on Tyler. If we can make the money work… ship Tyler out… hell I dont even care what Kaman gives us. Its addition by subtraction.

  9. harrynd - Jan 28, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Giant white guy, of course the Pacers are interested.

  10. jonirocit - Jan 28, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    The warriors need a big man so they should be in on this

  11. weaselpuppy - Jan 28, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Under the 2011 CBA, teams that remain below the cap even after the trade can acquire the lesser of 150% plus $100,000, or 100% plus $5 million, of the salary they trade away.[

    So they have to take back salaries AAV of approx $9.5m to cover Kaman’s $14m…

    Kaman needs to com home to MI….Charlie V, Austin Daye and a 2nd rounder….don’t think they’ll get a better offer….otherwise if they don’t trade him somewhere he’s a FA and leaves for nothing…

    • tcclark - Jan 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM

      They’d be better off letting him walk for nothing than taking that deal. Villanueva’s contract is about as immovable as you can get. Who wants to pay a man 8 million a year for the next three years to sit on the bench? You’d have to give me an unprotected first rounder just to take that contract. And Austin Daye? Really? He’s not really an asset. He’s shooting 32% from the field.

  12. realitypolice - Jan 28, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    That picture is hilarious. Has anyone ever looked less happy to be anywhere?

  13. jackntorres - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    So when the Hornets lose Gordon and Kaman resulting in Paul being essentially swapped for Aminu and a 1st, are we still going to say it wasn’t as bad as getting Gasol, Odom, and a not as high 1st?

    As a Hornets fan, I think it is horse cr*p that Chris Paul is a Clipper and not a Laker.

    • tcclark - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      The Hornets wouldn’t have even gotten Gasol. They were getting Scola and Kevin Martin. Also Gordon is restricted so he’s not going anywhere.

      Gordon and that 1st is way better than anything else you would have gotten. Plus you got Aminu and essentially Cap relief when Kaman Comes off the books. With Odom, Martin, and Scola you would have been mediocre for years. With Gordon and that lottery pick, you could be elite in a couple of years. Be patient

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