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Hornets 'actively' trying to trade Kaman

Posted on: January 27, 2012 9:15 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 10:40 pm
Kaman has been made inactive for the Hornets. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

Chris Kaman was never going to be a part of the New Orleans Hornets' long-term future after he was acquired in the Chris Paul trade. With a big expiring contract and some quality ability left in him, he was always seen as a trade piece for the Hornets to flip for more assets or a young player.

And according to, that's exactly what the Hornets are "actively" looking to do. The team has made Kaman inactive for the time being, started with last Wednesday's game against Oklahoma City, publicly saying that it's to let younger players play. But the real reason is because the Hornets want to find a trade partner for him and don't want to risk injury.

Hornets general manager Dell Demps released this statement Friday night:

"We had a conversation with Chris and expressed that the Hornets are going to go in a different direction. We mutually decided for a number of reasons that we are not going to play Chris as we pursue a trade. Chris has been the ultimate professional during this process and we thank him for the way he has handled the situation."

The report says that nothing is even close to being done for the time being, but Kaman will likely stay inactive until a trade is completed.

"It's just something (where) we want to play our young guys and we certainly don't want to disrespect Chris at all," Hornets coach Monty Williams told reporters before Friday night's game against the Magic.

"This is something we want to keep internally. It's certainly not disciplinary and he understands and I talked to him. We're going to play Jason Smith, Gustavo Ayon and Al-Farouq Aminu. It's just difficult to play that many bigs and I understand how difficult it is for (Kaman) to not get the minutes he wants."

Kaman, 29, is set to make close to $14 million this season, making him an extremely valuable expiring contract as teams try and position for the free agency frenzy of this summer. Plus, the bonus is that he can still play a little.

Playing the younger guys, while an excuse, also is a good thing for the Hornets. Not only is getting much-needed experience for guys like Ayon and Jason Smith wise, but it also means the Hornets have a better chance of, well, losing. Which is honestly what they need to do right now to ensure a high lottery pick.

A contender could target Kaman to bring in for some big man depth, but teams that are looking for cap space will also likely be players for him. But remember, before anything gets done, it has to pass a potential veto from David Stern. So better make it a good trade, Dell Demps.

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:44 pm

Hornets 'actively' trying to trade Kaman

Dannny Ainge is driving down there right now   Boston gets the guy

Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:46 pm

Hornets 'actively' trying to trade Kaman

His buddy is Dirk.
Dallas could use him, too.

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:45 pm

Hornets 'actively' trying to trade Kaman

I would like to see the AARP get this guy.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:08 pm

Hornets 'actively' trying to trade Kaman

Lakers, no way.  They need littles, if you will.  I see the Bucks as a choice since Bogut is out again.  Spurs, ok.  But I feel for this guy.  Sit him until he is gone, nice.  That is sad

Since: May 6, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:28 pm

Hornets 'actively' trying to trade Kaman

I would like to see the Spurs get this guy.

Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:17 pm

Hornets 'actively' trying to trade Kaman

The Lakers don't have any scorers that they could send. The only guys that score are named Bryant, Bynum and Gasol. Now really what can Kaman do to help entice the Lakers there???

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:19 pm

Hornets 'actively' trying to trade Kaman

Send him to the Lakers and really piss off Adolph Stern!

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:16 pm

Hornets 'actively' trying to trade Kaman

Oh sorry for earlier mistake.  Hornets are 4-15... 2 more L's slipped by me.  Kaman could help a good number of teams.  Somebody will jump on him, and hopefully give the Bees a scorer/shooter in return.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:11 pm

Hornets 'actively' trying to trade Kaman

I agree that the Bucks could really use him. Even when Bogut gets back he would be great depth.

Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:05 pm

Hornets 'actively' trying to trade Kaman

No other major sport changes personnel the way the NBA does. Which is why they (NBA league) has the problem that currently exist. Players get told, no you're going to get traded. Actually the 3 Clippers that got traded were told this and were community service for the team. They found out while doing the service. GM's can do this. Which is why I really didn't have a problem when LBJ left. Jsut had a problem with the whole TV thing. Looka here, he would had stayed and Clev. and just compliled a lot of stats. Mr Gilbert was not worried about getting better. He had his cash cow. Sold out every night when LBJ was there. That his fault he couldnt aquire better talent to go with LBJ. But this whole NO/LAC is related to the small market team. Mr Gilbert was the notorious emailer. He is still bitter. 

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