NBA Trade Rumors: Chris Kaman Would Give Heat Grit Needed to Win Championship

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIFebruary 17, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 26:  Chris Kaman #35 of the New Orleans Hornets handles the ball during the season openning NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on December 26, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Hornets defeated the Suns 85-84. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Heat don't need another sexy superstar to get back to the NBA Finals and win them. No, they need a touch of nastiness. Someone who can step up, get ugly points and snatch rebounds, getting the ball to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Fortunately, they have one of those in their sights in Chris Kaman.  

According to Chris Tomasson of FOX Sports, Miami is already looking into the possibility of acquiring Kaman. 

The Miami Heat need a center and Chris Kaman sure would fit the bill.

It won’t be easy for that to happen. But the Heat are trying.

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

In limited playing time this year, Kaman has been a nice player. His numbers with the Hornets have been quite productive, only lost on such a dismal team. 

MPG    PPG    RPG    BPG    FT %   
24.6 10.9 7.5 1.3 77.8% 

On a team like the Hornets, those gritty numbers aren't going to do any good. But when we're talking about that kind of production on a contender, we're looking at playoff losses becoming wins, especially on the road. 

You win on the road in the playoffs by limiting the possessions of the other team, making high percentage shots and nailing your free throws. Kaman does all of those things well. 

With the attention of the defense on Wade, James and Chris Bosh, there will be a lot of room in the paint for Kaman to get easy baskets. We know that the numbers of the Big Three will be good, but Miami will have to find the clutch, tough points to beat the league's best teams. Kaman provides that.

The Heat are close right now, but still lack the presence needed in the paint to go over some of the top teams. Looking at a team like the Magic, the Heat are far better but Dwight Howard can easily take over a series. 

Kaman won't outperform a guy like Howard, but he can cut the advantage in the paint, allowing the other star players to push them over the top. 

This is the perfect move for Miami to make. With Kaman and a healthy, strong team around him, the Heat will make a return trip to the NBA Finals.