Jan 8, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Chris Kaman (9) drives to the basket around Houston Rockets power forward Terrence Jones (6) during the fourth quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Lakers doubtful to keep Chris Kaman?


Los Angeles Lakers center Chris Kaman recently came out and said he didn’t care if he was traded.

That’s a good thing considering Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders would be ‘shocked’ if Kaman was still with the Lakers come the NBA’s trade deadline.

Kaman is an expiring contract at season end and clearly does not fit within Mike D’Antoni‘s system. Given that, he really has no future with the Lakers would could very well ship him off to a team in need.

I think the Clippers, Blazers, and Thunder could each use a solid big off the bench, but I also think he could fit in well with San Antonio if they decided they needed a rotation big for the playoff push. I would be very surprised to see Kaman remain with the Lakers beyond the break…unless they have one of those unforeseen deals they are known for that would involve a combo of the other bigs.

Kaman is a legit seven footer and has plenty well recently (individually), so he should have a decent market. The Lakers aren’t going to get much back, but any asset is good for a player who won’t be back next season.

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  • J Taylor

    The team is ~$6M short of the luxury tax threshold. Kaman makes $3.5M.
    Having said that, the Lakers have very few options in the upcoming free agency for PF and C options.

    I expect the lakers to ship out any of the following guys to get under the cap before next week’s trade deadline: Kaman,Blake,Nash, Hill.

    And if they get far enough under the threshold, they might consider resigning Harris to retain his rights for next year.

    • Marcus

      At least Lakers picked a good year to be bad. With a top 7 pick, 2 top free agent signees, and a healthy kobe with some good role players next year the Lakers will become good again

    • Jacob Gasca

      No body wants em

  • Marty Susman

    Nash, Gasol, Johnson, Kaman, Young & Blake all need to be packaged for PICKS…