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Report: Lakers, Chris Kaman express mutual interest

Jul 7, 2013, 9:30 PM EST

Chris Kaman

The Lakers have seen Dwight Howard and Earl Clark both leave in free agency, which means they’re in need of some reliable big man help to fill out their roster for next season.

It appears that veteran seven-footer Chris Kaman may be an option.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

As Dwight Howard leaves Los Angeles, the Lakers and free-agent center Chris Kaman have a growing mutual interest, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Kaman played his first eight NBA seasons for the Los Angeles Clippers, and a return to Southern California to join the Lakers has strong appeal to him, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.

Kaman is more than serviceable at his position, especially in a backup role. But his health has been anything but a constant over the last few seasons, so durability would be the concern.

Still, the Lakers don’t have a ton of options, and Kaman when healthy might be near the top of that list. The only big men currently on the roster in Los Angeles beyond Pau Gasol are Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre, and rookie Ryan Hill.

Again, not a lot of options.

Kaman averaged 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 20.7 minutes per game for Dallas last season.

  1. fnc111 - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Go Kaman! I love L.A. Randy Newman

  2. yankeepunk3000 - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    kaman is talented but sooo injurey prone. some him for years with the clippers. Not a great back up plan but oh well

  3. bellerophon30 - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    He was very productive in only 20 minutes a game……….and why was he only playing 20 minutes a game? Why is Dallas so uninterested in re-signing him?

    Then again, if the price is low, then the price is right.

  4. cantonbound13 - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Chamberlain , Abdul Jabbar, Shaq, Kaman?

    • apkyletexas - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      That loud roar you hear is the sound of a couple million Laker fans simultaneously jumping on the Clipper bandwagon.

      • jedifriedchicken - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:52 PM

        They weren’t really Laker fans if they jump ship onto a Celtic or Clipper band wagon. I think you need to clean your ears. That roar’s more like the squeak of the Clipper fan base trying to convince anyone that will listen that they’re the new top dog in LA. Win a championship, and maybe some one will take you seriously. It’s going to take a chunk of championships to take the top dog status from the Lakers though.

      • adoombray - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:14 PM

        @ JFC, your name is awesome. Also, what Laker fans refuse to believe is that that history means nothing with Dr. Buss being in the great courtside seats in the sky. I was there between Showtime and Phil Jackson, nobody in L.A. cares about a losing team and the Laker flags go away if the team sucks. ask UCLA football how much support losers get. And why should they? you guys get 70 degree weather year round, have a hockey team that won a championship just last year, USC Football, UCLA basketball, a baseball team owned by the most beloved figure in LA sports, The best PG in the game in Chris Paul, armies of bottle blond “actresses” at the bar, and even the NFL airs only the best games every week because you aren’t stuck with draconian blackout rules. Don’t get offended. if it wasn’t for the giant brown cloud of smog over the city and the 1200 bucks for a 4-500 square foot apartment, people would be lining up to live in that city.

      • spthegr8 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:31 AM

        @apky
        I can’t speak for all Laker fans, but me, personally………….. I wouldn’t jump on the Clipper bandwagon if Jesus Christ himself was driving it & handing out tickets to the resurrection !!!!! I’M JUST SAYING!!!!

        I’m a LAKER FAN!!!! 4-LIFE!!!!!

      • loungefly74 - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:19 AM

        @adoombray, i dig the write-up/comment. that was good and there is definitely some truth to that…but i like/agree with spthegr8, even during down times…always a Laker fan. the bandwagon people i know are the teens/young kids, milfs, and dudes who just dont know jack about sports…i am none of those…though i love the milfs.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      Not too long ago the Lakers were rolling out Chris Mihm, Kwame Brown and the player formerly known as Vlade Divac at center. Kaman is better.

      • spthegr8 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:25 AM

        Karman isn’t a bad pick up. He isn’t Dwight but he is a solid big man. He can Finish with either hand around the basket, he can score with his back to the basket & knock down that 17 ft jump shot consistently. Make it happen Mitch. LEGGO!!!!!!! With him, Pau & Hill coming back. Our front court ain’t looking to bad!!!

    • badintent - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      Kwane Brown is after Shaq and before Kaman ?LOL

  5. 10minusone - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Kelly! Ryan Kelly.

  6. readysethike - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    anyone remember when kaman and derek fisher almost got into a fight

  7. halfbaht - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Surprised Lakers aren’t going back after Bynum or going after Bogut. Not too many real decent centers in the league. Expect to see a lot of Pau at the 5 spot this season

    • money2long - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      culd u imagine if LA actually reached out to bynum lol
      would he be receptive

    • casualcommenter - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      …The Lakers can’t sign Bynum unless he’s willing to take a huge paycut and accept the mini-mid-level exception of roughly $3.5 million per year. Even without Dwight Howard, the Lakers are well above the luxury tax, meaning they’re limited by CBA rules in terms of what contracts they can offer free agents.

      The Lakers can’t go after Bogut because Bogut isn’t a free agent, and the Warriors are going to want good assets in exchange for Bogut since they would be left with only Festus Ezeli as their center if they traded away Bogut. The Lakers don’t have assets that would interest the Warriors.

      • money2long - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:59 AM

        casualcommenter, it’s not breaking news. we all know the lakers are cash strapped. but thanks for sharing for those who probably do not know.

    • adoombray - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      That would be the smartest thing to do, since the 5 is Pau’s natural position especially in a D’antoni offense, and he ain’t getting it at 20-25 minutes a game. All my Laker hating aside, he’s got a way better offensive skillset than Howard. He can actually drain a jumpshot or two, can hit his free throws, and is a gifted passer out of the post.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      That’s what I’m hoping for, Pau at the 5 I mean. And LOTS of Jordan Hill at the 4. No upgrades.

  8. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    With Kobe and Pau’s huge salaries, Lakers have few options..so bad a Kaman will do it.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:24 AM

      you are right. Kobe’s and Pau’s $$$ is killing the Lakers…and everybody knew it would 5-6 years ago…but they came away with 2 titles during that time…in the long run, it was worth it….

      • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        Well enjoy them, because your team may suck for a while

      • loungefly74 - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        yeah…you may be right…but what is “a while”? and what constitutes “suck”?

        if the Lakers…IF…make the playoffs this year…to me, its a successful year. i understand a title is most likely out of reach…but i get a feeling it can be attainable within 2-5 years. thats alright in my book. heck, they just went to 3 Finals not too long ago…well, for people who dont have ADD….

      • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        You sound like a spoiled Lakers fan..i hope your team sucks for a long time so you can feel the way most the fans of other teams do, see if you still watch

      • loungefly74 - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        yeah….uh…okay? jezuz…what are you? 15?

      • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:41 PM

        I know what you are but what am I

      • loungefly74 - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:59 PM

        oh crap. smh…

    • zacksdad - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      I know they are out of options, but another 30 year old for D’Antoni’s run and gun offense?

  9. khmerson562 - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Hopefully only a one year deal.

  10. badintent - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Lakers should sign some pro volleyball players at Manhattan Beach.Can’t do any worst.

  11. adoombray - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Kaman passed a note to Jimmy Buss at the bar that said “DO YOU LIKE ME? CIRCLE ONE YES/NO” and Fredo circles yes and handed the note back to Kaman’s agent.

  12. 00maltliquor - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Kaman’s a good, under appreciated C, but it better be for a 1 year deal or I’m pissssed.

  13. dyn0myte - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Time Warner Cable paid 3 billion dollars for the right to televise the games of a basketball team featuring Chris Kaman as its center…

    Oh snap

  14. jimsjam33 - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    The Lakers don’t make the playoffs next season . Lottery hunting ?

  15. khmerson562 - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Thank to the new commissioner and the frozen envelope the lakers will get the # 1 pick and draft Andrew wiggins. Sign two max free agent and they’re back.

  16. gliebhard - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    OLD.

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