Clippers and The NBA Trade Deadline

Michael Karapetian@MichaelK520Contributor IIFebruary 16, 2009

With the NBA trade deadline being Thursday, the Los Angeles Clippers big man duo of Chris Kaman and Marcus Camby have been speculated to be in the middle of trade discussions. 

Kaman, who has appeared in just 15 out of the Clippers' 53 games, has four more years remaining on his contract after this season. Widely considered to be a top 10 center in the league when healthy. It's no surprise he is coveted by teams that lack a legitimate big man. 

Last season, Kaman had full reigns as the premier big guy for the Clippers as Elton "Judas" Brand was out for all but eight games due to a ruptured Achilles. With this freedom, Kaman was able to achieve solid averages of 15.7 points per game, 12.7 rebounds per game and 2.8 blocks per. 

Camby, on the other hand, has missed 10 games on the year and is coveted by many teams as well. Camby expires in time for the 2010 free agency frenzy many teams seem to be aiming for, but is also a great contributor. Currently, he leads the league in defensive rebounds per game, blocks per foul and is second in rebounds per game and blocks, behind only one Dwight Howard.

Will either be traded? Possibly since the Clippers seem to be so deep up front, when healthy. DeAndre Jordan, Zach Randolph and Brian Skinner are the three other big men on the roster. 

If the Clippers deal anyone, expect it to be Chris Kaman and maybe Baron Davis if they are looking to cut back on salaries.

So far, the Clippers have made a move, albeit a minor one, acquiring guard Alex Acker from the Detroit Pistons for the rights to swap second round picks.