NBA Trade Rumors: Chris Kaman Returning To Hometown Clippers soon?
The list of NBA free agents has been updated recently with Lance Stephenson moving in with the New Orleans Pelicans. Considered to be one of the best guys available, there are still a couple of other players in the list.Advertisement
Chris Kaman, a 34-year-old 7-footer who has proven his stock is still unsigned. He last played for the Portland Trail Blazers and is currently the only player from last season’s roster yet to hook up with a team.
Considering the experience and talent he has, his current state seems a bit surprising. He can be an asset to any team, being a certified all-star.
With the NBA heading into training camp, Kaman may find himself settling for a one-year minimum deal if he is decided to play for the coming season. If so, the next problem he needs to address is where he could possibly play.
Most teams have almost filled up their rosters which make the team hunting a tough one for the NBA vet. Some teams like the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Memphis Grizzlies or even the Cleveland Cavaliers could be landing spots though he is unlikely to get heavy minutes.
Headed Back Home to Los Angeles?
There is one other team he could end up with, a place where he started out his NBA career – the Los Angeles Clippers. He was the Clippers’ top pick in 2003 (sixth overall) and spent 8 years with the franchise.
He became a journeyman since then, holding stints with the New Orleans Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and the Blazers. His best year was during the 2009-10 season where he made it to the all-stars as a reserve.
Returning home wouldn’t be a bad idea though he is expected to come off the bench. He could spell DeAndre Jordan when needed which doesn’t sound half bad.
The thing here is that Kaman will end up as a backup wherever he lands. He could end up retiring at some point though not immediate. If so, winding up his career in Los Angeles is perhaps the best scenario unless he gets a break from other ballclubs.
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