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Report: Hornets taking Chris Kaman off trade market

Feb 3, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

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Not sure what they were expecting, but what the New Orleans Hornets were offered for center Chris Kaman didn’t impress them, so they are taking him off the trade market.

That means he will be reinstated on the Hornets active roster, reports Chris Broussard at ESPN.

The league-owned Hornets deactivated Kaman last week and told the former All-Star on Friday that he could wait at home while team officials tried to find a new trade home for him.

But after discussions with numerous teams, sources said, New Orleans has decided to end those talks and recall Kaman, although it wasn’t immediately clear what sort of role he’ll have after Hornets coach Monty Williams announced last week that getting minutes for young players such as Jason Smith, Al-Farouq Aminu and Gustavo Ayon was the staff’s priority.

When the Hornets say they are taking him off the trade market, what that really means is they are going to wait and hope that offers improve closer to the March 15 trade deadline.

Talk around the league (something Broussard alludes to) is that the Hornets are asking for a lot of picks and young players to give up Kaman — a solid but not inspiring center making $14 million this year in the last year of his deal. Teams are not going to give up the future to bring in Kaman now. But the League is said to be driving a hard bargain, as they tried to do (and had some success with) in the Chris Paul trade.

Kaman might get a bump in minutes as the Hornets try to showcase him.

  1. thatboi901 - Feb 3, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Must be nice for your Boss to tell you sit at home till we want you back. We’ll pay you anyways

  2. bozosforall - Feb 3, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    The NBA is totally screwing up the Hornets franchise. Much like MLB screwed up the Expos before they moved to Washington. Such a conflict of interest.

  3. danielcp0303 - Feb 3, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    There’s no way they are getting multiple picks from anyone. Maybe a first rounder, but 2nd round picks are more likely. They should do the Rockets deal, for Thabeet and Hill. Hill still has a chance to be a rotation player (maybe), and the Hornets shave off some salary this season. I’m sure Stern will get the deal he wants though…ya know, for “basketball reasons”

    • bparmalee - Feb 3, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      Thabeet and Hill wouldnt be a bad deal for Kaman since he is just a rental. I am reading they wanted Paul George from my Pacers for Kaman…. they have lost their minds. Teams cant give up 1st round picks or young players for a guy that will only be on the team foe 3 months. I hope the Rockets get him… they have been too active to keep getting shut out.

      • danielcp0303 - Feb 3, 2012 at 7:01 PM

        To me a 1st round pick just seems like too much, but a 2nd rounder feels like too little. Kind of hard to know how to value Kaman, since it’s only for a couple of months. I guess I should go back and look at trades made around the deadline for expiring contracts. I hope we get Kaman as well, without dealing Patterson or a 1st rounder.

      • bparmalee - Feb 3, 2012 at 7:44 PM

        Oh yeah you cant give up Patterson… i love that guy. They had some interest in Dragic before… maybe Dragic and Hill. Kaman just strikes me as the kinda guy that ends up in Toronto next year or with the Pistons. Someone will over pay for him… Kwame Brown got 7 million so now the sky is the limit.

  4. chuckj1234 - Feb 3, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    He is a slacker, but this is a contract year and he will give it his all. But when he signs buyer beware.

    • mytthor - Feb 3, 2012 at 11:26 PM

      I have never really heard from anywhere that Kaman is a “slacker.” What do you base that on?

    • khadeemw - Feb 4, 2012 at 1:42 AM

      Chris Kaman is an active player. Little background information would show that Kaman has ADHD. This guy plays hard and is a former all-star. He is 29. There is no way that this man should be disrespected. The Clippers and the Hornets are jokes. One of the few centers that is in possession of a pulse gets shopped around like a used car. Its a shame.

  5. cured76 - Feb 3, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    The league is showing why they are better off not running NBA teams.

  6. goforthanddie - Feb 3, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Trade Kaman for an owner.

  7. rohlo - Feb 4, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    these guys running the hornets are a bunch of clowns and it starts with david stern.. other teams arent gonna pay a ransom for a above average player.. the guy is in a contract year and its not like he is in chris pauls level of skills.. stern trying to get multiple picks is outrageous considering this team is gonna move or fold!! the hornets will end up in seattle watch changing names back to the sonics! i can already see it!! darkhorse would be san diego as the new downtown waterfront project includes a new basketball hockey arena next to the waterfront football stadium on the bay! i hope the rockets get kaman as they need a true center to pair with dalembert ..rockets have a great nucleus and need some stars(not saying kaman is a star) but they would be scary if htye got d howard and derron williams…

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