A month ago, the Hornets sent Chris Kaman home so they could find a suitable trade partner for him and simultaneously get some minutes for young guys like Al-Farouq Aminu, Jason Smith and Gustavo Ayon. The San Antonio Spurs reportedly were interested in Kaman, but the Hornets were asking too much in return.
It now seems things have changed. ESPN's Chris Broussard reports the price for Kaman has come down greatly in the last month.
"Kaman will almost certainly be moved. New Orleans has no use for him and simply wants to get something -- even if it's just a second-round draft pick -- for him, according to sources. A month ago, when the Hornets told Kaman to stay home and wait to be traded, they were asking for a young player, a draft pick and an expiring contract. Now, their aspirations aren't so lofty. Golden State, Houston and Miami have interest in Kaman."
This is both good news and bad news. It's good news because the Spurs didn't have the assets to give New Orleans what they wanted. Now they may just be looking for a second round pick and certainly the Spurs can offer that to the Hornets. They could even offer a guy like Cory Joseph, which would give coach Monty Williams a young, defensive minded point guard to groom. They could offer a guy like Danny Green, Gary Neal or James Anderson since two of three guys are likely going to get their minutes reduced once everyone gets healthy. And they have their draft picks they could also throw in. Figure Joseph and a second round pick would be enough for the Hornets.
Now for the bad news.
Kaman is in the final year of his contract, makes $14 million this season and the Spurs don't have the cap space to take on his contract. The only way the Spurs could make this trade work is if they can convince the Hornets to take back Richard Jefferson's contract. That's two years and $21 million after this season. The Hornets already owe Trevor Ariza $13 million after this season, though they could always amnesty him. Essentially the team would save a little money this season, but long term would be in a worse position. Additionally, you have to wonder if the NBA would OK a trade that brings an extra $20 million bucks worth of payroll while they're trying to sell the team.
If the Spurs can get a guy capable of getting a double double on any given night and not give up any key pieces to their future, I'm sure they'll try. But to convince a smart GM like Dell Demps and a caretaker ownership to take on more salary just to dump Kaman is asking an awful lot. Maybe they'll do it, maybe they won't. But after watching them get killed on the boards during the first half of the Bulls game last night, I sure hope they're doing something to shore up that front line.
In case you're wondering here's how one potential Kaman trade would work.
I think our best bet is to make a run for him tha summer when he is a free agent. I can't see them taking on rj, and we are giving up a lot of pieces in the bonnet/anderson/joseph trade mentioned above that I doubt they would take either. Sounds like the hornets just want someone young to build with and to dump salary. otherwise they would of taken someone's trade for all of chris's salary previously.
kaman is playing so good for the hornets right now its hard to understand why they want to get rid of him so much. All of this developing young guys is dumb. his contract is done after this year, they can play him less minutes if they want and if he gets disgruntled who cares? the hornets are out of the playoff picture so screw team chemistry for making a run and hes done after this year anyway so its not like theyd have to deal with it for long. in addition to that, why settle for a second round pick. i mean i know youre looking to the future, but if they dont find the ultimate sleeper of the draft then its just not worth it. at least thats how i see it
I like that trade scenario. Spurs may have to sweeten it with a 2nd rd draft pick, on order to get hornets to take on RJ contract.
if the Hornets can't find a trade partner for Kaman, they could still buy him out, so i wouldn't technically say we're out of the picture yet with Kaman. i'm not saying it will happen though!
This won't happen unfortunately! If it did though holy snaps it would over!! But only if it was RJ, Joseph, and Anderson!! We can't let Neal, and green just walk out the door
Kaman isn't going to happen. They don't want Jefferson's two year contract. We need to move on from Kaman. We can't bring him over unless they take Jefferson.
Jefferson's on the roster this year. The only trade value we have is Green, Neal, Blair, Corey, Anderson and our draft pick rights. Green and Neal have the most value and are the future of the spurs. The rest can be moved. I would try and keep blair for the rest of the season and than trade him to move up in the draft next year. His contract is coming up and he'll think he's worth more than he really is. Spurs have been lucky with his knees at this point. Let's not roll the dice to much with that, move him while the value is up.
I really rather not trade Green or Neal but Anderson and RJ sounds good or Joseph and RJ sounds good
The spurs are overmatched against the bulls.The bulls have just more big men and they are young. It emphasizes the need of the spurs for a big man capable of fighting for rebounds and man the interior. Apparently Kaman is still available. A cpombination of Bonner, Jefferson, Anderson may just do the trick. Bonner can't keep up with his man and can't rebound and the spurs were ready to amnesty Jefferson and turned down the option on Anderson. If not for Blatche of the wizards, then maybe Kaman of the hornets. For Blatche and a ist round draft for a combination of Jefferson/Bonner or Jefferson/Anderson. Acombination of the same for Kaman. If they have either Blatche or Kaman, the spurs will have a better chance agaiinst teams with big men. When TD got out of the court, the were killed by the bulls last night