NBA Rumors: Chris Kaman On The Trade Block

Reports out of New Orleans are that the Hornets are actively shopping newly acquired center, Chris Kaman. He doesn't really fit into the future plans GM Dell Demps has for the team.

There are rumors floating around the inter webs that there is some moderate interest from the Cavaliers and GM Chris Grant. Kaman, who is in the final year of his deal which pays him $14 million this year, is set to be an unrestricted free agent in the summer.

Kaman has had a terrible start with the Hornets and about the only thing he's even done passably well is make his free throws. Wait, he's only shot 19 of them. Yea, he's been gross this year. He's a low efficiency big man who doesn't ever get to the stripe and seriously do anything even average except maybe grab defensive boards.

There is one scenario where we should be interested in Kaman, but no more. Find out what that is after the jump.

Remember how we picked up a lottery pick from the Clippers by taking on some additional money in the big trade last winter which ultimately landed us Kyrie Irving? The only way Grant should be communicating with Demps is for a similar deal.

Let's say they don't value that unprotected Timberwolves pick they now have because the Wolves have been decent thus far. And let's pretend they're so desperate to get rid of Kaman's cash that they for some reason decided to strap that pick onto him in order to get something.

Then, let's go for it. Of course it's hard to believe they'd consider that because we don't have anyone we'd deal who is as valuable as that pick.

Alonzo Gee, an asset they would probably want, has looked fantastic for us in the early stages of this season and looks like he can definitely be a part of the future. I'd be leery actually of shipping him out in this deal because I'm a believer in him.

How would Chris Kaman's Expiring Contract pair with Antawn Jamison's Expiring Contract in the front court? Well, Kaman would almost certainly be bought out as we don't want to pay him that money and he'd rather probably go latch on to some contender.

I'd definitely send Omri Casspi to them and if they insisted I'd part with Luke Harangody, Ryan Hollins, Mychel Thompson, Christian Eyenga or Milan Mačvan.

None of these scenarios really seem all that likely, leading me to believe that the Cavaliers will most likely sit out the Chris Kaman "sweepstakes".

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