Friday, February 3rd, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  11 responses

Report: Indiana Pacers Front-Runners to Land Chris Kaman

Many teams are said to be in the mix for Chris Kaman’s services, and according to the Times-Picayune, the Indiana Pacers are currently in the lead: “According to [SI], talks have revolved around two of Houston’s young players who were top 10 picks in the 2009 draft, center Hasheem Thabeet and power forward Jordan Hill. Thabeet was the second overall pick that year by Memphis; Hill was the eighth overall choice by the Knicks. The magazine also said second-year forward Patrick Patterson and third-year point guard Jonny Flynn were discussed, along with Terrence Williams, a small forward. The Rockets also have the rights to the Knicks’ 2012 first-round pick. A Houston television station was reporting Wednesday night that, according to their sources, SI’s report was inaccurate as it related to players involved. The station said the chances of the Rockets trading for Kaman are slim. Earlier this week, NBA.com indicated Kaman could not be traded until Feb. 14, but that was not correct. He could not be dealt along with another Hornets player before Feb. 14 under new collective bargaining agreement rules. However, Kaman could be traded singularly at any time. Because he has a $14 million expiring contract, the Hornets likely would not package him with another current player that would add another contract that would complicate the mathematics of the deal. The Hornets are not obligated to take back any salary in a trade for Kaman, according to sources, and a team acquiring him would only have to part with $9.3 million in player salaries according to league rules, not $14 million. A league source said Wednesday night that the Indiana Pacers, one of several other teams reportedly in the mix for Kaman, could, in fact, be the leading candidate for a swap. The Pacers apparently are looking for a backup to Roy Hibbert. Cleveland, Golden State and San Antonio also reportedly have expressed interest in Kaman.”

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  • JR

    I thought he made it known that he didn’t want to be a backup?

  • Justin G.

    Wasn’t the point in trying to trade Kaman because he was unhappy in a backup role?

  • RunNGun

    If true, this pretty much signifies that Roy Hibbert’s days in Indy are done.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Does getting Kaman make the Pacers any better, if it means giving up pieces on a squad that gels well together, and adding a guy who doesn’t want a limited bench role? Tough to know how it’ll work out.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k1jx3r4y1E dfrance21

    ^Yeah doesn’t sound like a smart move for the Pacers.

  • DJ

    Expiring contract! Hibbert isnt going anywhere

  • DJ

    Pacers don’t need their draft picks next year that’s what they would trade for him

  • Darrin

    Hibbert is a beast and isn’t going anywhere. He is improving every game and should make the All Star team. The Pacers are under the cap and wouldn’t have to trade any players to acquire Kaman.

  • http://Noanswer Carl Epstein

    Waste of resources getting Kaman.
    He will slow down an offense that could
    benefit from more speed and athleticism.

    Given his age and level of conditioning, he
    probably cannot give the Pacers enough minutes.

    Why not bring back Rick Smitts or Dale Davis? LOL!!!!!

  • Youngindy21

    The Pacers could probably just give up Jeff Pendegraph, Jeff Foster, and/or Louis Amundson. They might get rid of Foster because Foster always seems to have Back problems. I doubt they give up anybody in their starting five or even any of their bench players who get significant minutes. It seems more like the NO Hornets are trying to get RID of Kaman more then trying to get fair value for him.

  • dgatorr

    i cant imagine him demanding a starting role for anyone OR anyone even thinking about wanting him, he CANT stay healthy ! gotta be the biggest cluts or sissy in the league, besides maybe boozer, lol. cant play for about 2 months if they break a fingernail ! has he played a full season yet ?