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Don’t expect the Hornets to buy out Chris Kaman

Mar 16, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

Chris Kaman, Nene AP

The usual pattern goes like this: Team tries hard to trade overpriced veteran player, then if they find no takes they buy him out after the trade deadline. Then he signs elsewhere for the minimum (or fades into the sunset)

That’s not going to be the pattern with Chris Kaman of the Hornets.

New Orleans has tried to trade him for a month but they couldn’t find any takers. The price they asked for a good big man but an expensive one ($14 million) who can walk as a free agent at the end of the season was too steep.

But they are not going to buy him out. The Times-Picayune got GM Dell Demps to say that, although in about the most wishy-washy way possible.

“Everything is always a possibility,” Demps said. “I mean there’s no reason to say I’m certain, 100 percent sure. There’s always a possibility. I never want to say never. But our intention is to keep Chris.”

Here are the two reasons they are not buying him out.

One, he’s playing pretty well. In his last 10 games he has averaged 15.8 points and 9.7 rebounds a game, plus dishing out 3.1 assists per contest. He’s been solid defensively. He’s probably been the best Hornets player. You keep guys like that (unless you are trying to tank, which the Hornets probably should do but can’t as they are owned by the league right now).

Second, the other owners would not allow Kaman to be bought out. Remember, saying the league owns the Hornets really means the other owners actually own the Hornets. If New Orleans bought out Kaman and made him a free agent he’d sign with the Heat within days, giving them the solid big man in the middle they lack. You think the other owners are going to help the Heat get better? They hate what the Heat did. They will block them? Remember Chris Paul to the Lakers? Same thing here.

So Kaman will stay with the Hornets. And there’s a decent chance that when he does become a free agent he re-signs in New Orleans.

  1. redstar504 - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Why would they move him there is no guarantee they get the one ball in the loto and Anthony Davis just falls into the Bees’ laps. Not to mention a front court with Kaman (if he can come back on the cheep) and maybe Davis is a pretty good front court considering a healthy Gordon could be holding down the back. With plenty of cash to get people and another lotto pick the Bees can get good fast provided they don’t go George Shin and spend wisely vs. just throwing money at guys like James Posey.

  2. savvybynature - Mar 16, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Let go of your bitterness over the Paul trade man.
    They got a better deal than they would have from the Lakers anyway. They got a young player and a better pick.
    The Lakers deal made no sense for a rebuilding team. The Lakers have NO young assets to trade, except Bynum, who is injury prone and supposedly they weren’t willing to part with.
    You act like Stern is Dan Gilbert’s lapdog or something. I don’t see any evidence that that’s the case except that Gilbert sent an email. So what? Gilbert has sent irrational emails before when he DIDN’T get what he wanted.

  3. hawknuts - Mar 16, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    are the league owners going to cry when stern gives his team the number one pick in the draft? what happens when that goes down in july?

    the draft lottery is a crapshoot unless, you know, it works out for marketing or reimbursement for embarrassment…rose going to chicago, lebron going to cleveland and last season dan gilbert getting the #1 because lebron made him cry.

    oops, i almost forgot patrick ewing to the knicks…damn thats one cold envelope your picking david, better drop the other two!

    dictator stern is a joke

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