David Aldridge of NBA.com wrote:
Atlanta would make sense, even as a two-month rental; the Hawks need a center with Al Horford out at least until the end of the regular season, and they have their own expiring contract in guard Kirk Hinrich.
It's no wonder Kaman is drawing such interest. He can score, rebound, defend, block shots and is one of the true centers in the league. This is a guy who was an All-Star just two years ago after averaging 18.5 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Taking over for Horford, Zaza Pachulia has averaged 8.2 points and 8.2 rebounds as a starter in 27 games. That's not bad for a fill-in, but it's certainly not the production the Hawks were getting before at the center spot, and Kaman is a legit starting center.
The Hornets have been adamant that they won't buy out Kaman's contract if he cannot be traded. It makes sense. The Hornets are, after all, owned by the NBA, and the last thing commissioner David Stern wants is letting Kaman go to a contender of his desire.
Marc Stein of ESPN wrote on Friday:
The sense is that NBA commissioner David Stern, who will continue to serve as New Orleans' ultimate decision-maker until the team is sold, would have no interest in setting Kaman free to join the contender of his choosing. If he did, with Eric Gordon still sidelined after knee surgery, Al-Farouq Aminu would be the only player New Orleans received in the Chris Paul trade who's actually playing for the Hornets.
Expect Kaman to be traded by the deadline. And the Hawks would benefit greatly down the stretch with him manning the 5 spot.
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