The Celtics could pull off a trade for Chris Kaman, but general manager Danny Ainge has good reason for wanting Kaman's contract bought out. Kaman carries a $14 million contract and is difficult to move to the Celtics if they're not giving up Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce in the trade or beforehand.
Doing any different would cause greater budgetary affliction for the salary-heavy Celtics.
Since the Celtics have several expiring contracts, they could make a deal without involving any of the Big Three. However, the Celtics have only five players who will be younger than 30 when the next season begins. The Celtics would have to send Brandon Bass, Avery Bradley and JaJuan Johnson to the Hornets for Kaman.
Bass, who receives $4 million this season, is in the last year of his deal, but could receive team options in the next two years. Since Bass, 26, averages 11.9 points in 29.3 minutes per game, he would give the Hornets the real scorer they've lacked with Eric Gordon out.
Bradley, 21, is in the last year of his contract with two team option seasons after this. He's averaging only 3.6 points and 1.8 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game while pulling in $1.52 million.
Johnson, a 22-year-old rookie from Purdue, has one year on his contract after this. He makes $1.07 million this season, will receive $1.155 million next season and has two years of team options after that. He's played sparsely in nine games this season.
Since Bass, Bradley and Johnson combine for only about $6.6 million this season, the Hornets would have to either buy Kaman out or swallow most of it for the deal to work. Besides, the NBA likely wouldn't let the Hornets take Allen, Garnett or other Celtics with expiring contracts like Jermaine O'Neal.
Thus, this doesn't seem to be a likely scenario.