NBA Trade Rumors: Why the Philadelphia 76ers Should Target Chris Kaman

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IMarch 6, 2012

Chris Kaman.
Chris Kaman.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Philadelphia 76ers are a team in need of an interior presence after playing without starting center Spencer Hawes for a good portion of this season due to a strained left Achilles injury.  Veterans Elton Brand and Tony Battie have been spending time at the center position and sometimes due to matchups become a liability.

The 76ers started the season on a tear and were actually leading the Atlantic Division, but have since lost some momentum partially due to losing close games and the grind of the schedule this year. Head coach Doug Collins has been working his magic in Philadelphia as the 76ers have been a team impressing with their defensive approach to the game.

The 76ers will not look to make major changes at the trade deadline, but some tweaking is not out of the question. Adding some depth to their frontcourt that will help them finish out the season and help them during the postseason, which would be helpful.

As the trade deadline approaches, one center that is available on the market is veteran Chris Kaman, currently of the New Orleans Hornets. Kaman would provide a much-needed presence for the 76ers and would provide depth at the position for a postseason run.

The Hornets are open to moving the center but are demanding a combination of future draft picks, expiring contracts and/or young players. The 76ers would likely offer the contract of seldom-used Andres Nocioni (who has a team option for next year), possibly Craig Brackins, a future draft pick for Kaman and maybe another player with a smaller contract.

The 76ers will also face some stiff competition from the other teams in the NBA who are also in need of a big man and will be targeting Kaman. The Hornets are not likely to cave in on their demands, and the 76ers may have to possibly enrich their offer.

At the end of the day, the bottom line is that the 76ers are in need of a true center and Kaman remains the best candidate on the trade market.