NBA Trade Rumors: 10 Teams That Could Deal for Chris Kaman

Ross ColemanAnalyst IFebruary 15, 2011

NBA Trade Rumors: 10 Teams That Could Deal For Chris Kaman

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13:  Chris Kaman #35 of the Los Angeles Clippers dribbles to the basket in front of Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center on December 13, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowl
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    NBA Trade Rumors: Which Teams Could Use The Clippers Big Man?

    Chris Kaman had a great 2010 season where he made the All Star team. However, after a dealing with injuries this season he has not made much of an impact.

    The Clippers are now apparently looking to move their seven-footer. Here are ten possible landing spots for the big guy.

    Would you want Kaman on your team? Let us know.

10. Portland Trail Blazers

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    HOUSTON - APRIL 30:  Forward Joel Przybilla #10 of the Portland Trail Blazers and Shane Battier #5 of the Houston Rockets in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on April 30, 2009 in Houston, Texas
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    The Blazer have had some extremely bad luck with centers over the course of their history. Just think of Sam Bowie and Greg Oden.

    Because of some injuries at the center position they have a need that to fill. Chris Kaman could help be a nice compliment to LaMarcus Aldridge.

    Blazers get:

    Chris Kaman

    Ryan Gomes

    Clippers get:

    Joel Pryzbilla

    Greg Oden

    The Clippers get two expiring contracts in Pryzbilla and Oden and the Blazers get Kaman and a skilled complimentary win in Gomes.

9. Golden State Warriors

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 20:  Vladimir Radmanovic #77 of the Golden State Warriors in action against the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena on December 20, 2010 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading a
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    The Warriors have a roster with some good young guard talent but they need a guy down low that can not only defend the post but who can also score and rebound.

    When Chris Kaman is healthy he could be a 20 point and 10 rebound guy. He could be a really nice addition to the Warriors.

    Warriors get:

    Chris Kaman

    Clippers get:

    Vlad Radmanovic

    Charlie Bell

    The Warriors get Kaman for a rather cheap price. Radmanovic's contract is expiring and Bell could be a nice back up for Eric Gordon.

8. Houston Rockets

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 20:  Shane Battier #31 of the Houston Rockets in action against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on December 20, 2010 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or
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    The Rockets have not lived up to any preseason hype mostly because of the fact that Yao Ming went down early with an injury that might end his career.

    Despite the fact that the Rockets are pretty low in the standings, they could make a move with Chris Kaman in the middle.

    Rockets get:

    Chris Kaman

    Al-Farouq Aminu

    Clippers get:

    Shane Battier

    Jared Jefferies

    I know that the Rockets would probably prefer to hang onto Battier but the Clippers would include promising rookie Aminu to sweeten the deal.

    Battier would be a nice defensive addition to a Clippers team needing leadership.

7. New York Knicks

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    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09:  Wilson Chandler #21 of the New York Knicks handles the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers at Madison Square Garden on February 9, 2011 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by download
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    With each passing day the Knicks are less likely to get Carmelo Anthony but if New York is going to make a move in the standings they need to shake up their roster.

    Kaman could be a legitimate center to play along side Amare Stoudemire.

    Knicks get:

    Chris Kaman

    Al-Farouq Aminu

    Clippers get:

    Wilson Chandler

    Eddy Curry

    The Clippers get Eddy Curry's fat expiring contract plus a rental, with an option to buy Wilson Chandler. If Chandler looks good for the Clippers they could make a nice play for him to stick in free agency.

6. New Orleans Hornets

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    OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 26:  Trevor Ariza #1 of the New Orleans Hornets goes up for a shot during their game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on January 26, 2011 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees
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    The Hornets have faltered a little bit after a strong start to the 2010-11 season. They have some nice players on the team that have over performed and some that have under performed.

    Adding Chris Kaman would give the Hornets a new persona. The added length paired with Emeka Okefor and David West would allow them to overwhelm teams down low.

    Hornets get:

    Chris Kaman

    Clippers get:

    Trevor Ariza

    Marcus Banks

    I know this trade sounds unfair but Ariza has not been that good this year and the Hornets haven't relied on him very much. The Clippers could get more use out of an athletic wing that plays good defense.

5. Cleveland Cavaliers

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    BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 25:  Antawn Jamison #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket as  Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics defends on January 25, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and a
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    Let's face it, the Cleveland Cavaliers are in bad, bad shape. No single trade could make up for that fact. However, the Cavs are looking to make some moves.

    They could use Chris Kaman as a big man to build their roster around.

    Cavaliers get:

    Chris Kaman

    Clippers get:

    Antawn Jamison

    Now I know what you are thinking. Why would the Cavs trade their best player when they are trying to get better? However, their best attempt at rebuilding would be through the draft and if they ditch Jamision it would assuredly give them a better chance at a high pick.

4. Detroit Pistons

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    ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 24:  Tayshaun Prince #22 of the Detroit Pistons attempts to block the pass of Gilbert Arenas #1 of the Orlando Magic during the game at Amway Arena on January 24, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges a
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    The Pistons are going through a bit of transition this season. They do still have some of their older players on the roster, but they are starting to rely more on their younger players.

    Chris Kaman could give the Pistons a nice center to help rebuild the roster.

    Pistons get:

    Chris Kaman

    Clippers get:

    Tayshaun Prince

    Prince is a big expiring contract piece. He has slowed down quite a bit but he could still help out the Clippers quite a bit. He would also be playing in his hometown which would be nice for him.

3. Miami Heat

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    MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 08: Mike Miller #13 of the Miami Heat shoots a jump shot during a game against the Indiana Pacers at American Airlines Arena on February 8, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by download
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    The Miami Heats' biggest flaw is their lack of depth inside. Although that sounds like a tough thing to overcome, they apparently don't really need much more depth in the front court.

    The real trouble in making a deal happen is the fact that most of the players on the Heat are signed for very cheap contracts to make space for their big three.

    Heat get:

    Chris Kaman

    Clippers get:


    The reason I say TBD for the Clippers is because there are a few pieces that could become available after they have been on the roster for a few more weeks. Those pieces would be essential to making a deal happen.

2. Chicago Bulls

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 15:  Kyle Korver #26 of the Chicago Bulls collects a rebound and sets up for the game winning three point field goal with 25 seconds remaining in the game against Mario Chamlers #15 of the Miami Heat at the United Center on January 1
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    The Chicago Bulls already have some good front court players in Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer but adding Chris Kaman would give them an outstanding amount of depth down low.

    Kaman could help the Bulls really matchup with the Celtics in the playoffs.

    Bulls get:

    Chris Kaman

    Clippers get:

    Ronnie Brewer

    Kyle Korver

    The Clippers get some good value at guard that would give them some very good depth.

1. Oklahoma City Thunder

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 17:  Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers has his shot blocked by Jeff Green #22 of the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Staples Center on January 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)   NOTE TO U
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    The Thunder are one of the up and coming teams in the Western Conference but they still have a glaring need in the front court.

    Chris Kaman would be a nice upgrade over Nenad Kristic.

    Thunder get:

    Chris Kaman

    First round pick

    Clippers get:

    Morris Peterson

    Jeff Green

    I know that giving up Green would be a tough thing for the Thunder to cope with, but the rumors are that he is already being shopped by the Thunder. The Clips justify the move by throwing in their first round pick this year.


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