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Report: Heat targeting Kaman

Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:43 am
The Heat reportedly have interest in Chris Kaman if he's bought out from the Hornets. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

The Heat are not through trying to build their roster. reports that the Heat are attempting to acquire Chris Kaman, should he be bought out of his contract after the trade deadline. 
Heat officials, including president Pat Riley, have been calling people who know Kaman to ask about him, a source told on Wednesday.

The thinking is the Heat’s best effort to get a center would be to sign Kaman — if his contract is bought out by New Orleans after the March 15 trade deadline.
via Miami Heat Chris Kaman Minnesota Timberwolves Pau Gasol Los Angeles Lakers trade 021512 - NBA News | FOX Sports on MSN.

A trade isn't feasible due to the very little flexibility the Heat have on their roster to make salaries match. Kaman was put on the block in January and even allowed to stay away from the team while a trade was negotiated, but a deal wasn't found. After a week the Hornets actually publicly announced they were taking him off the block and he rejoined the team. So the odds of another team swooping in to snatch him up are very low.

The Heat would be a great fit for Kaman, allowing him to compete for a title and giving the Heat a legitimate center down low. In stunning news, Eddy Curry has failed to make an impact and the Heat face the same problem they had last season with size down low. Joel Anthony is a skilled defender and has made great strides offensively this season but still lacks the bulk to make an impact down low. If Kaman were to agree to a deal for the veteran minimum, which doesn't seem likely, it would mean the Heat would start four current or former All-Stars. Which is just kind of ridiculous.

It's no guarantee the Hornets will buy Kaman out, nor is it likely he'll lean towards the Heat if bought out. It's entirely another team, like the Boston Celtics could make a similar offer, or a team with more cap room could make an offer. Kaman would have to agree to a buyout in the first place, and there's been no indication either way of Kaman's feelings on that front. 

It's a scary thought for the rest of the league that the Heat could wind up with Kaman, and you'd have to think that puts separation between them and the rest of the league in terms of who is the best team in the league by shoring up their biggest weakness.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:00 pm

Report: Heat targeting Kaman

Anyone else wonder just how loud the outcry would be from other teams if the Hornets buy out Kamen. And why would they do it?

It was bad enough when Dallas signed Peja last year, even though it was clear he was still having problems with his back and the back pain went on all year. A buyout for a mid to upper level player was supposed to be bad for balance when a top team could import a top talent for free. That issue was loooked at during the lockout. The NBA made it clear it thinks teams should have much more control on player movement after the lockout and the blocked Paul trade.

Now a team owned by the NBA (for now) would think about letting a healthy, top 15 center loose to pick his own team during the run for the playoffs. To save the NBA money for this year because (I think) Kamen's contract ends this year. So this move does not make the team more appealing to a new owner because Kamen would be gone next year anyway if the team did not want him back.

The howling would be past any human decibel limit.

Since: Feb 25, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:26 pm

Report: Heat targeting Kaman

Kaman would be a great fit for the Heat.  Anthony is a good defender, but is too limited offensively.  Bosh thinks he's a guard.  Kaman would bring much needed size and toughness to their front line.  I have no idea how the Heat fit any new salary in with three max contracts.  I've said from the start that the Heat signing Bosh was a mistake.  Bosh is a skilled player, but a third-option role player is not worth a max contract, and his contract handcuffs the Heat with respect to signing quality role players. 

Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:28 pm

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He would be an excellent compliment to all those skilled guy because you don't need to give him the ball, but he would collect a lot of garbage points on offensive boards and when James or Wade are being doubled.
He is a great rebounder, good at defense and would do all the little things you need when you are looking for a championship.
They only issue if who does Miami have to give back if they hope to make that deal, no great options to give back to the Hornets.  

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:10 pm

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I have watched just about every Hornets game this season (painful many times), but Kaman can simply play.  He is a very good shot from the elbow on in.  From 12-15 feet, he is very accurate, and you do not see too much of that with big men.  He is rebounding well, and last night blocked a shot in his 13th consecutive game (thus, he plays D too).  Kaman will help some contender immensele.  y

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:10 pm

Report: Heat targeting Kaman

"No way Miami can take a championship with Anthony, Haslem or anyone else on that team to fill in at center."?! You're joking right?

The Heat have 3 of the top 20 players in the NBA. Have you not been watching the Miami Heat play this season? I have. Every game. They play team defense. They beat the Lakers who have Andrew Bynum, one of the best centers in the NBA, and Pau Gasol, another 7 footer. They smoked the Pacers with another good center in Roy Hibbert. Size at center is overrated. The Celtics won without one in 2008. The Heat were 2 games short of the title last year.

Obviously you don't know what you're talking about. The Heat are ranked 6th in opposing team's field goal percentage defense and they lead the NBA in points per game. How can you bet against that combination?

Even the experts agree. The odds of winning the NBA Championship by sports books:

Miami Heat 1.70 to 1
Oklahoma City Thunder 5 to 1
Chicago Bulls 5.50 to 1
Los Angeles Lakers 10 to 1
Los Angeles Clippers 14 to 1
Dallas Mavericks 16 to 1
San Antonio Spurs 29 to 1
Boston Celtics 33 to 1

So, still think there's no way the Heat will raise the Larry O'Brien trophy this year?
If I was a betting man, I would say absolutely not.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:49 pm

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Talking about post-release transactions, isn't that tampering?  It's not like their negotiating in good faith for a trade.  The NBA has holes in it.  This league sucks.

Since: Jan 29, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:30 pm

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Who really cares basket ball is boring to watch.Put some body checking into it and make it interesting. Then maybe it wouldnt be as boring as tennis or a chess match

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:22 pm

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So why exactly did the Hornet demand Kaman in a trade?  To trade for something else?  Kaman is a very good center. He is easily a top 10 center.  Too bad the Hornets don't care about winning.  If the Hornets had taken the trade from Houston and the Lakers they would be a competitive team. Instead the Hornets wanted draft picks and cheap talent to make the franchise sellable. The idea of letting Kaman walk is rather frustrating for Hornet fans. The reason why nobody wants to trade for Kaman with the Hornets is because no general manager wants to deal with the league who will demand more cheap building blocks that teams don't want to give up.  Can anybody blame Chris Paul for wanting to leave?

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2012 12:41 pm

Report: Heat targeting Kaman

@Tarheelcmk, dude, you hit the nail right on the head!

No way Miami can take a championship with Anthony, Haslem or anyone else on that team to fill in at center.  Kaman is a big, physical player that can block shots and score when needed. Question is, can he stay healthy?  If the Heat land him it's almost guaranteed they'll take it all this year, and possibly next year as well.  

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 12:26 pm

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I just love how the NBA shows love for certain teams. To allow the Hornets to buy out Kamen and go to Miami say what.
The Chris Paul to Lakers deal was rescinded because they said the Hornets were getting screwed. Had that trade occurred the Hornets
would have been better than a 500 team as opposed to a 5 win team. It's crazy to think the owners would ever have the Hornets best
intentions at heart.

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