NBA Rumors: Boston Celtics Must Make Strong Run to Sign Hornets' Chris Kaman

Luis Batlle@lbatll1Contributor IMarch 17, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 28:  Chris Kaman #35 of the New Orleans Hornets tries to move against Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hornets 99-95. 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 Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics are one of the poorer rebounding teams in basketball, as they are in need of signing a big man.

Center Chris Kaman of the New Orleans Hornets has been turning heads about the league with his recent play, and could well be the piece these Celtics acquire for an NBA championship run.

After keeping idle during this year's trade deadline, the Celtics are now in a position where the team is lacking in the frontcourt, especially considering the status of O'Neal. According to New Orleans' Nola.com, Chris Kaman could be one of those players the Celtics seek.

Kaman could also be bought out of his contract and still latch on to a contender. The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics are among the teams reported to be interested in having him.

The team would be acquiring Kaman via a buyout situation, in which the team would buy out his contract in New Orleans and bring him into Boston.

Not to mention, it seems as if Jermaine O'Neal is not looking to return to the Boston Celtics. According to ESPN.com, head coach Doc Rivers has made clear that he does not expect Jermaine O'Neal to come back to the team this season and the team will test the buyout market.

"I like our group," Doc Rivers said in the article from ESPN.com's Chris Forsberg. "Obviously, I’d like to add a big, and that’s still possible."

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The Boston Celtics are finally putting the pieces together, as the Paul Pierce and the team are beginning  to climb up the Eastern conference standings and make a push at an improved playoff seed.

The Celtics have won eight of their last 11 games, with two of their more recent wins coming on the road at the L.A. Clippers and Golden State Warriors.

Yet, going into the postseason against teams like the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and Orlando Magic, it will be essential for this Celtics ball club to pick up a big man to play alongside Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass.

Without O'Neal, the team lacks that extra player in the rotation to disrupt the East's better centers like Dwight Howard in Orlando or Joel Anthony in Miami.

Not to mention, Kaman has put up impressive numbers in his more recent outings. In his last four games, the center is averaging 18.3 points and a whopping 10.1 rebounds per contest.

Talk about an impressive stat line from the former L.A. Clippers All-Star.

As Rivers has made it clear, there is no question the search for a big man continues on even after the trade deadline, as Rivers understands the defense needs to improve as well as the rebounds. Currently, the Celtics rank No. 30 in the league averaging just over 38 rebounds per game.

This team has had its fair share of success playing small ball in its last several games, however, in a hard fought seven-game series, the lack of a true center will be a significant void to fill for this team.

Making a run for Chris Kaman is not only a plus, but is essential for the Celtics going forward. Make no mistake about it, PG Rajon Rondo and the Big Three are hoping to have a center come to Boston in the coming weeks.

The added depth would not only keep this team moving up the rankings, it would give these Celtics the ability to compete with the better teams in the East in the 2012 NBA Playoffs.

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