Kaman’s name has seemed to always be prevalent in trade talks over the past few seasons. With the recent emergence of young center, DeAndre Jordan, it seems that the Clippers are finally willing to part with the 29-year-old big man out of Central Michigan.
The Clippers have long said that they would only part ways with Kaman is if they were to receive an elite small forward in return. The strong play of Thaddeus Young, coupled with Iguodala’s reported lack of interest in remaining with 76ers">Philadelphia, is what makes this trade enticing for both teams involved.
For much of last season, Doug Collins implored a “small-ball” lineup, having Elton Brand play center, Thaddeus Young at power forward, and Iguodala at small forward. With the addition of Kaman, both Brand and Young could return to their natural positions, power forward and small forward, respectively.
This potential trade seems to be a progressive move for L.A. as well, seeing that the small forward position is their most glaring weakness. Ryan Gomes and rookie, Al-Farouq Aminu, received the bulk of the minutes at small forward for the Clippers last year. The very discussion of this trade also seems to suggest that the Clippers will match any potential offer that DeAndre Jordan, a restricted free agent this summer, may receive.
Whether this trade would be a straight up player-for-player deal, or if it will involve draft picks and/or other players, remains to be seen. Trade talks are still in their infancy and it remains unclear if Philadelphia would prefer to trade Iguodala to Golden State for Monte Ellis instead. If this trade is to materialize, it would be wise for both teams involved to make it happen sooner, rather than later, so they could fill out their respective rosters with the right free agents and draft picks.