Chris Kaman trade rumors are still prevalent, but not according to the Clippers. The Los Angeles Clippers are refuting Chris Kaman trade rumors, with ESPN reporting today that the Clippers “continue to forcefully reject” trade inquiries for Kaman. That begs the question of why Kaman’s name keeps coming up in trade discussions, especially with no interest from the Clippers in parting with their center. The reason might be easy to figure out, as it could simply be because Dirk Nowitzki and Kaman played together for Germany at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. They are close friends, and it would make sense for Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to try to team them up in a Dallas uniform.
A second reason that people might assume that Kaman is available could simply be that he plays for the Los Angeles Clippers. Many NBA analysts and fans still look down on the second Los Angeles franchise, and it has become tough to assume that they want to keep their best players to make a run at the NBA Playoffs.
With Blake Griffin coming back from injury this season, though, it’s entirely possible that the new-look Clippers could actually make a strong run into the 2011 NBA Playoffs. Sure, they still have a long ways to go, but having a center with the skill set that Chris Kaman has can really give a team that type of boost. Still, doesn’t it sound interesting if Kaman were to play center, with Nowitzki at power forward for the Mavericks? Probably not, if you are a Clippers fan.
Chris Kaman is a double-double waiting to happen every night, having gone for 18.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in the 2009-10 NBA season. At 28 years old, Kaman definitely has some good basketball years in front of him, so the only conceivable reason for the Clippers to give him up is if they were trying to cut their team payroll.
Kaman is set to make $11.3 million in 2010-11, and then $12.2 million the following season in his last year under contract with Los Angeles. With a core of Baron Davis, Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon, Eric Bledsoe, and Randy Foye, keeping Kaman could really make this a competitive team in 2010-11 and beyond. It’s probably time that the Chris Kaman trade rumors came to an end, unless the Clippers decided they were getting blown away in an offer, and weren’t just getting back the spare parts and expiring contracts of another franchise. It’s safe to assume that Kaman will stay with the Clippers for at least two more seasons.