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NBA Trade Rumors: New Orleans Hornets Would Be Wise to Deal Chris Kaman

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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Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2012

The market for a big man as the March 15 NBA trade deadline approaches is very high, which is why the New Orleans Hornets would greatly benefit from trading Chris Kaman

As the final stretch of the season looms, several contending teams want to add depth, especially down low. Getting a skilled center like Kaman would significantly upgrade a team, which would be huge as teams prepare for the postseason. 

According to Chad Ford of ESPN, Kaman is a "no-brainer" to be traded. 

It's no secret that Kaman is on the block. Given that the Hornets really don't want much in return, I'm surprised he hasn't found a home already.

The Warriors, Rockets and Heat have shown a lot of interest. And with Jeff Foster still out in Indy, Kaman could be a great fit with the Pacers as well. He has no long-term future in New Orleans. This one is a no-brainer.

The Hornets have to make this happen. It would better them for the future, which is clearly what they're focused on right now having traded Chris Paul to begin the year. 

Contending teams would jump at the chance to land Kaman, a beast of player that can help on both ends of the court. 

In his last five games, Kaman is averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds per game. Originally, the Hornets were going to deal Kaman and just not play him. 

They changed their minds and the fact that Kaman is producing at a high level only makes his price tag higher. 

New Orleans would get great talent in return for Kaman and possibly a draft pick, too. The sky is the limit for the Hornets, but they'll definitely be sorry if they hold onto Kaman. 

Even though Ford says the Hornets don't want much in return, they can still get a quality player or a solid draft pick for Kaman, which is exactly why New Orleans needs to move him. 

 

 

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