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Report: Rockets in lead to trade for Chris Kaman

Feb 1, 2012, 4:28 PM EDT

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The Houston Rockets have gone after every center with a heartbeat that has come on the market since the lockout ended, and they may finally be getting one. A pretty good one.

The Rockets are in the lead to land Chris Kaman, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated.

The Houston Rockets have had extensive discussions with the New Orleans Hornets about center Chris Kaman and appear to be in the lead to trade for him, numerous sources told SI.com….

While no deal is imminent and the pieces are still being discussed, sources said the talks have involved the Rockets’ two top-10 picks from the 2009 draft — center Hasheem Thabeet (No. 2 by Memphis) and power forward Jordan Hill (No. 8 by New York). The Rockets have other young former first-rounders who could be included as well, among them second-year forward Patrick Patterson, third-year point guard Jonny Flynn and third-year small forward Terrence Williams. They also have a 2012 first-round pick from the Knicks that the Hornets would love to obtain.

Don’t expect this to happen fast — remember the league owns the Hornets right now so there are extra hoops to jump through. Just ask the Lakers.

Also, Cleveland, San Antonio and Indiana are also still in the running, reports SI.

This would be an upgrade for the Rockets — people tend to underestimate Kaman. This is a solid, strong NBA center who can provide some points, rebounds and a defensive presence in the paint. He is not elite, but he is a career 12 and 8 guy who plays within himself and is tough.

Houston is 12-9 this season, eight seed in the West right now, with Jordan Hill at center. This gives them some much needed balance.

You can bet that Knicks pick is part of the deal.

As a side note, the Bulls may be in the lead to land Joel Przybilla, when he decides it is time return, reports the Chicago Tribune.

  1. acdc363 - Feb 1, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    dont forget dalembert

    • idontevenwannaknow - Feb 1, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      You beat me to it, but exactly what I was thinking.

    • qdog112 - Feb 1, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      He either forgot Dalembert or he is just clueless about what he’s writing.

  2. idontevenwannaknow - Feb 1, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Last I checked, Dalembert was at center for the Rockets, with Scola at the four, this move would give the Rockets a solid back-up to those two for the rest of the season, because I don’t see, unless because of injury, the Rockets starting Kaman over those two.

  3. jbjr04 - Feb 1, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    If I were the Rockets, I wouldn’t even bother discussing trades with the Stern Hornets after what happened with Gasol.

  4. cluelessdufus - Feb 1, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    well doing this means dalembert will be gone possibly be in the trade probably just a first round pick or a couple second round picks

  5. weaselpuppy - Feb 1, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Dalembert has been shutting down opposing post scorers and blocking/altering a lot of shots down the lane….Kaman is a O first guy that would indeed rotate the 4/5 w Scola and Sammy….Hill and Patterson and their 1st is enough IMO…Thabeet is overkill, as they still have Okafor and Aminu etc etc, plus Thabeet sucks

  6. isujames - Feb 1, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    he should try to go to a team that can contend for a title.

  7. adiddie - Feb 1, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Anyone else think this dude looks like Hans from the Burbs?

  8. thelmt82 - Feb 1, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    There is no way the Cavs are in on Kaman.

    1. He would have to sign an extension for FAR less money than the $14M he makes this year.
    2. He has been injury prone to say the least over the last few years.
    3. Byron Scott would want a defensive-minded C, and Kaman doesn’t fit that bill.
    4. New Orleans would have to take back Antawn Jamison (which wouldn’t make sense for the Hornets).
    5. The Cavs wouldn’t include first round picks to get a deal done.

  9. dylude - Feb 1, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    The Knicks pick is definitely not a part of this trade…. Stop throwing stuff against the wall.

  10. zacmonte - Feb 2, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    If I were the Hornets, I would be pushing for this trade

    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=6p33say

    Thabeet sucks, but he has to be in the trade to make it work. If I remember correctly, though, I think he has an upcoming team option to where he will be off the books next year. Jonny Flynn isn’t a bad piece, plus the Hornets are thin at talent at the point with only Jack and Vasquez. He also might have some potential, so he’s worth a shot. Landry only has a 1 year deal, so Patterson could prove himself useful and could show to be a better piece for the hornets than Hill would be. The problem with the deal is that the league might push for the Knicks pick and the Rockets might not want to give that one up, seeing as this is a deep draft and if they make the playoffs, the Nets get their pick (top 14 protected from the Terrance Williams trade). This might be the best the Hornets can get, though, seeing as they aren’t really even giving Kaman minutes anymore and there aren’t really any better suitors.

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