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Report: Miami would like to add Hornets’ Chris Kaman

Feb 16, 2012, 9:48 AM EDT

Chris Kaman, Nene AP

It’s maybe the one puzzle piece missing from the Miami Heat roster — a classic, true center who can body up guys like Dwight Howard in the playoffs and provide some defense and rebounding in the paint.

A guy like Chris Kaman with the Hornets. Who happens to be available via trade.

Which brings us to this report from Chris Tomasson at Fox Sports Florida.

Heat officials, including president Pat Riley, have been calling people who know Kaman to ask about him, a source told on Wednesday.

The thinking is the Heat’s best effort to get a center would be to sign Kaman — if his contract is bought out by New Orleans after the March 15 trade deadline.

Can you imagine what Mark Cuban would say if the league-owned Hornets bought out Kaman’s $14 million deal and he signed with the Heat? He might actually explode like in the movie Scanners.

The Hornets would like to trade Kaman and his expiring $14 million contract before that to bring back some draft picks and young players. The Heat don’t really have any of those to spare for a trade.

Nobody else is really willing to give up young players for Kaman — the Hornets pulled him from games and actively shopped him around, but brought him back when they found no suitable offers. Maybe the offers will get better near the deadline, or the Hornets impossibly high expectations for the deal (thank you David Stern) will be lowered. If not, we know who is lurking.

  1. edmazeing1 - Feb 16, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    & I would like for the Spurs to add Chris (Kaveman), so Duncan can rest more often!!!

  2. cakemixa - Feb 16, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Worst rumor/idea ever. Why in the world would the Hornets buy him out now, when, at worst, he’s coming off the books at the end of the season, anyway? Why would the Hornets want to help the Heat for nothing in return? Ridiculous.

    • david8726 - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      Because doing a buy out would still save their franchise a certain amount of money.

      The Hornets are a Western Conference team in the bottom of the standings. They’re not contending any time soon, and they’re not even in Miami’s conference. So they’re not necessarily thinking to themselves “we can’t waive Kamen because the Heat might sign him!”

      Under normal circumstances, they’d be looking out for themselves first and foremost, and doing a buy out is one option that could help them if no decent trade offers come along.

      Now, since Dictator Stern currently runs that team, maybe he WOULD consider the possible implications of releasing Kamen into the free agency (Miami or some other big market team signing him) and opt not to do that. I certainly wouldn’t put it past Stern, given how he’s meddled with that team’s dealings in the past.

  3. mightyquinn69 - Feb 16, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    David Stern is a F#@%-ing A$$hole, who knows what he’s thinking.

  4. drunkenjunk - Feb 16, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    mavs would love him too.

  5. cmbailey7384 - Feb 16, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    No way Stern or the other owners allow Kaman to go the Heat, whether it be by trade or through a buy out, that “Washington Generals” defense will pop up again

  6. gmsalpha - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    I bet David Stern knew about Eric Gordon’s knee issues and insisted the Hornets get him in return for Chris Paul because it would help hasten the departure of the NBA from the city of New Orleans. In the case of Kamen, I’m sure he wants to get him to a contending big market team and get as little in return as he can. With unrealistic trade demands, he knows nobody will bite and he can say “well, I tried.”. Yeah. He tried to run the team out of the city. If nobody goes to Hornets games it’s because they’re being destroyed from within.

  7. jayzus - Feb 16, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Wow just imagine not having to watch Joel Anthony fumble passes under the rim anymore.

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