NBA Trade Rumors: Best Destinations for Hornets' Chris Kaman

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIFebruary 19, 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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Chris Kaman of the New Orleans Hornets is one of the more underrated players in the NBA. In 2009-10, Kaman averaged 18.5 points and 9.2 rebounds for the Los Angeles Clippers.

There is definitely some worth for the Hornets if they do decide to deal the 7’0” center and there still seems to be interest, according to John Reid of the Times Picayune.

Kaman is a career 11.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game type of player that plays a position (center) that most teams would love to upgrade. Here are a few teams that would fit him best.


Miami Heat

What position does the Heat lack most?


At 7’0”, Kaman is a productive and skilled big man when healthy. He shoots around 50 percent from the floor in his career and 74 percent from the charity stripe.

Miami is 12th in the league in rebounding with 42.8 per game and their center that leads the team in boards is Joel Anthony with 4.2 per game.

There is a glaring hole in the middle for Miami and the former NBA All-Star Kaman could rectify their problems.

The best fit from this would be the Miami Heat.

San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs are 19th in the NBA in rebounds per game, but are one of the best teams in the league. If they could add another piece down low to help Tim Duncan and their older roster, San Antonio could be playing in the NBA Finals.

Also, Kaman would provide rest for Duncan in this shortened NBA season. Having legs and health come playoff time will be more important than having home court in the Western Conference.

Adding Kaman to the roster would help in that area.

Los Angeles Clippers

Back with the Clippers? Maybe.

As I suggested, I believe the Heat are the best fit for Kaman, but the Clippers also struggle rebounding the basketball. They sit 15th in the league in rebounds per game.

Kaman has produced at a high level with the Clippers throughout his career. They know what he brings to the table, so there is a possibility of at least thinking about entertaining the idea given their lack of depth at center.