NBA Trade Rumors: Warriors Should Go After Chris Kaman and Forget Dwight Howard

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMarch 1, 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 would give the Golden State Warriors a true center, something they've been lacking for years.

And it just so happens that the New Orleans Hornets have lowered their demands for the former All-Star.

Chris Broussard of ESPN reported on Wednesday:

Kaman will almost certainly be moved. New Orleans has no use for him and simply wants to get something -- even if it's just a second-round draft pick -- for him, according to sources. A month ago, when the Hornets told Kaman to stay home and wait to be traded, they were asking for a young player, a draft pick and an expiring contract. Now, their aspirations aren't so lofty. Golden State, Houston and Miami have interest in Kaman.

The Warriors have reportedly expressed interest in Dwight Howard, but they would likely have to trade Monta Ellis and rookie Klay Thompson in a package deal for the prized center, and there is no assurance that he'd sign an extension with them before he hits free agency in the summer.

In that regard, trading for Howard is a desperate move that would likely come back to haunt the Warriors.

But now that the Hornets are asking for much less for Kaman, he seems like an ideal fit in Oakland.

Landing Kaman for a second-round pick would be a steal for the Warriors. He can score, rebound, defend and offers shot-blocking ability.

This is a low-risk, high-reward proposition for the Warriors. Kaman addresses their need at the center position and helps them in rebounding and defense, two areas they consistently lack in.

The Warriors need to shift their attention from Howard to Kaman. This is a great opportunity to fill a spot they've been desiring for years and it comes at a bargain.

New owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber declared they would be bold when they took over the Warriors in November 2010.

But they don't have to be bold in this case. They only have to be smart, by keeping Ellis and Thompson and adding a player who could really help them.

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