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NBA Trade Rumors: Why the Charlotte Bobcats Should Make a Push for Chris Kaman

Chris Kaman.
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Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IFebruary 12, 2012

The Charlotte Bobcats are currently on a 14-game losing streak and hold the league’s worst record this season at 3-24. With things not looking that great in Charlotte right now, the Bobcats are preparing themselves for the future. However, the most efficient way to do so would to not only bank on the drafting process, but look to move extra pieces in trades starting this season.

With the trade deadline a little more than one month away, the Bobcats have to make some moves (trade talks could heat up rather soon) as they have had way too many embarrassing performances so far this season. Head coach Paul Silas is working hard with what he's got, but he must be one frustrated man right now.

The Bobcats are most likely to build their team around rookies Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo, with possibly Gerald Henderson, Byron Mullens, Tyrus Thomas (debatable) and D.J. Augustin being there along the way. However, the remainder of the team’s current roster is expendable, and should be used for making trades.

One player the Bobcats should go after hard is center Chris Kaman of the New Orleans Hornets. Although not necessarily the popular choice, he is a legit choice, as he can help out the young Bobcats in the frontcourt and build his player value by having a major role for the remainder of this shortened NBA season. Kaman, who came over in the Chris Paul trade from the Los Angeles Clippers, possesses an expiring contract that would be financially appeasing for the Bobcats.

Kaman was actually told to stay away from the team so the Hornets could trade him (Hornets wanted to play their younger players this season), but the team ultimately brought him back (as if he plays his trade value will rise) and it is likely that he will find a suitor before the March 15th trade deadline.

The Hornets, who are run by the NBA, may ask for a future draft pick, and the Bobcats would likely have to part with a young player like Tyrus Thomas—but Kaman is a better center over DeSagana Diop and more experienced than Biyombo.

If Kaman does not work out in Charlotte, then the Bobcats can let him go at the end of the season, so it is something that they should seriously consider. The big-man market is rather sparse, and the Bobcats need to go after somebody who is a proven player.

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