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Pacers in mix, maybe in lead, for Chris Kaman’s services

Feb 3, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

Chris Kaman, Nene AP

The New Orleans Hornets are still looking for the best offer they can get for center Chris Kaman (which the team has sidelined until he is moved). The Houston Rockets were considered the frontrunner as they have been desperate for a big man since the lockout ended.

But another name has entered the mix, reports the Times Picayune.

A league source said Wednesday night that the Indiana Pacers, one of several other teams reportedly in the mix for Kaman, could, in fact, be the leading candidate for a swap. The Pacers apparently are looking for a backup to Roy Hibbert.

Cleveland, Golden State and San Antonio also reportedly have expressed interest in Kaman…

The Hornets are not in a rush here, plus any trade has to go up the ladder and be approved by David Stern. If you don’t think what he did to the Lakers/Chris Paul trade has other teams hesitant, you kid yourself.

Also, this could be a leverage move with the Hornets leaking this to try and get more out of Houston.

In the end, it all depends on what the teams can and are willing to give back in terms of picks and young players. Kaman is a solid center, but are you really going to give up anything of value going forward for a nice center? No. So how much are the Hornets willing to hold out for?

  1. ferhatiggy - Feb 3, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Pacers don’t need to Caman,they have alreay dood big men.Hibbert,West,Hansbrough,Amundson…

    • cinnalocks - Feb 3, 2012 at 6:08 PM

      First of all his name is Kaman with a K further have you heard of injuries and a need to have a deep bench to get deep into the playoffs. West, Hansbrough and Amundson are power forward, Hibbert needs a true Center as a back up…Jeff Foster is old and been injured.

  2. raiderkaos - Feb 3, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    If I were the warriors i would jump on this trade! I would give them a 2 litter of sprite, and a bag of funions for being so d@mn high that they think they will get anything good for him!

  3. bparmalee - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    As a Pacers fan I think we could use Kaman especially if it means Tyler “I never Box Out” Hansbrough is on his way out. He shoots too many jumpers with 4 other scores on the floor and wont ever box his guy out. I’m fine with deal as long as there are not first round picks involved. Solid back up center.

    • metalhead65 - Feb 3, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      your not much of a pacer fan if you want to get rid of tyler for a back up center. since the pacers got rid of the dictator they had as a coach in obrien and tyler was allowed to play he has shown more upside than kaman has or will in his entire career.

      • bparmalee - Feb 3, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        I watch every game and I am sick of seeing Tyler “Fake hustle” Hansbrough sitting at the foul line clapping for the ball so he can launch a jumper. Tyler is 26…. thinks he is a SG. He doesnt get position on his guy and takes shots when he should be the 5th scoring option on the floor. I am a Pacers fan..not a UNC or a Tyler fan…there are enough of those. Now here are his stats 427% FG for his career…this year .367%…thats horrid for a PF. He doesnt block any shots .2 per game. His only real value is that refs bail him out when he throws up wild shots…if they didnt his FG% would be worse. Now you said he has shown more than Kaman??? Last year with the Clippers…not his best year.. 12.4 ppg .471FG% 7 boards and 1.8 blocks. So Stop.

  4. rohlo - Feb 3, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    SCREWW STERN for trying to get people to overpay for paul and screw the rockets over and now kaman trying to screw the rockets again!!! stern the team isnt gonna stay in new orleans and other teams know this and they aslo know you dont want to keep kaman!!!

  5. karlton2 - Feb 3, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    The Pacers can simply take Kaman and his $14M salary with no other salary going the other way since they’re under the cap.

    If Stern’s looking to operate the Hornets on the cheap, that may be his best bet.

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