NBA Trade Rumors: Adding Washed Up Chris Kaman Won't Help Miami

Jeff ChaseSenior Analyst IIFebruary 17, 2012

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With the NBA trade deadline approaching, teams are starting to figure out whom they can attain to boost their team toward the best direction for a potential NBA title run.

One team that is always looking to improve is last year's Eastern Conference champions, the Miami Heat. With players like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh already in place, the team is always looking for a supporting cast that can help boost the team.

One player that the team has been said to have their eye on is New Orleans Hornets' 7'0" center Chris Kaman. While anything can help, the addition of Kaman really wouldn't do much for this Heat squad.

According to Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports, the Heat are looking to acquire the big man in either a trade or signing if the Hornets decide to buy him out of his contract.

If the team were to pursue Kaman, they would have to find a way to fit him in with other big men such as Joel Anthony, Udonis Haslem, Dexter Pittman and Eddy Curry.

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Out of all those guys, Curry is the only seven footer, while Bosh comes in a close second at 6'11". So while the Heat could use the additional height, Kaman really isn't any more washed up than the rest of these players.

He hasn't had great numbers, but his career year in 2009-10, he averaged 18.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. That was with all the touches he was getting in the absence of a true scoring threat in LA, so with James, Wade and Bosh, there really isn't enough opportunities for Kaman to add anything more than what the others already can.

Since joining the Hornets this offseason, Kaman has averaged 10.9 points per game in 21 games with eight starts. He has been getting 24.6 minutes per game, but would he actually put up those numbers in that amount of time with the Heat?

Currently, Anthony is getting 21.6 minutes per game while putting up just 3.4 PPG with the big three. Kaman is getting nearly 11 points a game, but that is with a supporting cast of Eric Gordon, Jarrett Jack and Trevor Ariza.

Certainly a different group of players.

While getting Kaman wouldn't ruin the Heat, it just really isn't a move that will propel them forward. If anything, it will just keep them on track with the great year they have had thus far.


Jeff Chase is a Featured Columnist for the Chicago Cubs and Arizona State football.

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