Teams in need of a capable center should contact the New Orleans Hornets about Chris Kaman. It's pretty clear that they're intent on trading him.
Kaman's name first started popping up in trade rumors weeks ago, but he nevertheless remains the property of New Orleans. With the March 15th NBA trade deadline fast approaching, it's now or never for the Hornets to find a taker for Kaman.
For updates on the Kaman trade saga, check back here at your convenience. This is where you'll find a roundup of all the latest Kaman rumors.
UPDATE: Thursday, March 15 at 12:17 p.m. ET by Nicholas Goss
According to Yahoo Sports, Kaman will likely remain with the Hornets for the rest of the season, since no deal is close to being made.
Chris Kaman will likely stay with New Orleans past the trade deadline, league sources tell Y! Sports. No deal is imminent.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) March 15, 2012
I'm surprised that the Hornets could not find a deal since there is a chance that Kaman leaves the team in the summer as an unrestricted free agent. I cannot see Kaman wanting to go through a rebuild at this stage of his career.
UPDATE: Thursday, March 15 at 12:17 p.m. ET by Nicholas Goss
Kaman is drawing interest from several NBA teams looking to add some depth in the front court, and that list of contenders now includes the Miami Heat, according to NOLA.com:
Kaman, who has an expiring contract and has emerged as a starter in place of Okafor, is drawing interest from the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers.
Adding Kaman would likely be the final piece of Miami's championship puzzle. He would give the Heat a tremendous shot blocker, and a big presence in the paint who can also rebound very well. If there's one area the Heat need to improve in for the playoffs, it's at center.
Kaman would be an amazing addition to the Heat and would certainly make them the team to beat in the Eastern Conference this season.
UPDATE: Thursday, March 15 at 11:40 a.m. ET by Nicholas Goss
According to Yahoo Sports, it looks like the New Orleans Hornets won't get their desired asking price for center Chris Kaman, who can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer.
Several teams say New Orleans is getting more realistic on asking price for Chris Kaman. "They won't get a 1st for him," one official says.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) March 15, 2012
If a first round pick isn't the demand from the Hornets, then I would expect a number of teams would want to acquire Kaman for his defensive and rebounding skills.
UPDATE: Thursday, March 15 at 11:20 a.m. ET by Nicholas Goss
Chris Kaman is reportedly interested in joining the Boston Celtics, according to CSNNE.com's A Sherrod Blakely:
New Orleans center Chris Kaman has been on the trading block for a while, with the asking price seemingly dropping by the minute.
He's earning more than $14 million this season, which as you can imagine, has scared off a number of potential suitors. If the Hornets can't move him via trade, you can anticipate talks about a buy-out to begin soon.
That would allow him to become a free agent and sign with any team of his choosing. According to a league source, Boston would be on his short list of potential destinations. "You look at what they need and what he brings to the game . . . it would be a great fit, it really would," the source said. "But a lot of things have to happen, and not happen, before that can come about."
This would be an awesome move for the Celtics because the team has immense trouble rebounding and just lost backup center Chris Wilcox for the season because of heart problems. With starting center Jermaine O'Neal battling constant injury issues, acquiring a talented big man is priority No. 1 for Boston.
With Kaman, the Celtics would be a better rebounding team, and would have another shot blocker in the paint. Acquiring Kaman makes perfect sense for general manager Danny Ainge.
UPDATE: Thursday, March 15 at 8:48 a.m. ET by Nicholas Goss
The Indiana Pacers lack the depth needed at center to do well in the playoffs, and with star center Roy Hibbert failing to play to the level he's capable of recently, the team would be wise to use some of the $14 million it has in salary cap space to make a deal for a big man.
Via the Indy Star:
The Pacers tried to acquire New Orleans center Chris Kaman last month. They'll likely make another run at him.
Pacers President Larry Bird has no interest in giving up a first-round draft pick for an expiring contract because he thinks this year's draft will be deep enough that Indiana will get a good player.
Unless the Pacers can get away with not offering an important player or a first round draft pick for Kaman, it's not worth it to acquire him since he can leave as a free agent during the summer.
UPDATE: Tuesday, March 6 at 8:30 a.m. EST by Wes O'Donnell
The Hornets have maintained for quite some time that they have a desire to rid themselves of the big man and now a team that was once interested has re-joined the mix.
With Pacers center Jeff Foster recently sidelined for at least a week with an achy back, Indiana is interested in using some of the flexibility they have under the cap to make a move for another player.
Kaman was on their radar before New Orleans inserted the expiring contract star into the starting lineup but, according to Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star, they're now considering getting involved once again:
New Orleans center Chris Kaman is on the Pacers' radar ... Lou Amundson will continue to be Roy Hibbert's backup at center, but the team's front office is looking at acquiring another big man considering they have $14.5 million in salary cap space and only 13 players under contract.
The 7-foot Kaman has turned in six doubles in his last ten starts and we know he is still very talented. The Pacers, the current No. 5 seed in the East, would benefit greatly from his presence at the right price.
UPDATE: Thursday, March 1 at 1:00 p.m. EST by Zachary D. Rymer
A couple days ago, Jimmy Smith of The Times-Picayune wrote that Kaman is "likely" to be dealt ahead of the March 15th deadline.
ESPN's Chris Broussard took things one step further on Wednesday, writing that Kaman will "almost certainly" be traded.
Broussard says the Hornets want to get anything they can for Kaman, "even if it's just a second-round draft pick." If so, the Hornets have clearly moved off their earlier demands for a young player, a draft pick and an expiring contract, per Broussard.
That was way too much to ask for Kaman, so it's no surprise that the Hornets have apparently lowered their asking price for Kaman. My guess is that this will eventually result in a trade.
Among the teams interested in Kaman are the Golden State Warriors, the Houston Rockets and the Miami Heat.
Kaman's own contract is expiring, and he's currently riding a stretch of very productive games. If a team wants to rent a big man for the stretch run, Kaman's the answer.