Could Chris Kaman and Joakim Noah end up teammates? I think so.
Kaman was placed on the trade market about a month ago. He was sent home only to return to the team. Perhaps to boost trade interest from teams who are looking for the final pieces to aid their playoff runs. The Hornets have played hard with Kaman back in the the lineup, and teams might be willing to offer the Hornets a reasonable deal for the former All-Star.
The Hawks need size. They have been without Al Holford for much of the season and they are sliding down the standings. Adding Kaman would help give the Hawks a more traditional lineup, which would allow Holford to move to a more natural spot at power forward. The Hawks are also looking for salary cap relief.
In my three-way trade proposal: Kirk Hinrich goes to the Lakers, the Lakers first round pick and Andrew Goudelock would go to the Hornets and the Hawks get Kaman.
This trade idea works for each team. The Lakers get the point guard that they need in Hinrich, the Hornets get two assets with the draft pick and a combo guard in Goudelock, while the Hawks get size and long term savings.
The Hornets may not get size in return but the addition of Goudelock potentially makes them better. Goudelock, point guard Greivis Vasquez and Eric Gordon would be a solid guard rotation once Gordon returns from his knee injury. Each player is younger than 26 and they all have significant upsides.
If Kaman is not traded by the deadline and is indeed bought out, I see the Bulls or Mavericks as the favorites to sign him. The Bulls and Mavericks can offer something that other teams can’t; scoring opportunities in the post and a shot at the NBA title.
The Heat can offer the latter but LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh represent scoring options one, two and three. The Bulls are looking for an established low post scorer to come off of the bench. The Mavericks are looking a post player that can keep defenses honest. Kaman is a great fit for either team.
My guess is that Kaman joins the Mavericks once the trade deadline and buyout period is over. Maybe the Hornets and Mavericks can work out a trade.