HoopsHype Chris Kaman rumors

March 3, 2014 Updates
February 20, 2014 Updates

With less than an hour left to go, the crickets continued to be heard around most of the league. I'm told all is quiet for - among many others, I'm sure - the Chicago Bulls, Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, and New Orleans Pelicans. In relation to the below note on the Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Hill, the Mavericks do have interest in him but the proposal is problematic because of the Lakers' desire to move both Hill and fellow big man Chris Kaman in order to get under the luxury tax. USA Today Sports

February 19, 2014 Updates

The Lakers have concurrently had talks about Kaman, Hill, Blake and several other players. Sources confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk that Brooklyn and the Lakers have had trade discussions Hill. The Nets have a $5.25 million Disabled Player Exception through March 10 that they were granted for losing Brook Lopez for rest of the season in December. But the Nets -- already possessing a payroll that will cost roughly $190 this season -- would take an additional luxury tax hit of more than $15 million if they used it to absorb Hill's salary. The Hill discussions were first reported by Yahoo Sports. ESPN.com

February 18, 2014 Updates
February 16, 2014 Updates

Chris Kaman, who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, was dealt to New Orleans in 2011 and has heard his name surface in trade rumors countless times over the years. He discussed what it was like being traded and how players deal with the deadline. “It’s just part of the business. There are people trying to save money, people trying to make money, people trying to get draft picks, there’s so many different angles that teams are playing. Each team makes their own decisions based upon that. You see teams trying to dump players right before the deadline and dump money. It’s just a business thing, I think, for the most part. Most times it’s financial, and a few teams it’s probably about getting better. It’s hard to get a good player because most teams that have a good player don’t want to get rid of them. Basketball Insiders

February 10, 2014 Updates
February 9, 2014 Updates

Noah finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and the Bulls held off the stubborn Los Angeles Lakers 92-86 on Sunday after nearly blowing a 19-point advantage. After picking up his last foul, Noah made a key block against 7-footer Chris Kaman and got a dunk at the other end — all in a 16-second span. "It was too tight. Either we were going to win it with him, or that was going to be it," Thibodeau said. "At that point, I didn't think we could afford two or three minutes (with Noah on the bench), so we rolled the dice and were fortunate. We're a little short-handed right now — and the way they spread you out on the perimeter, you need guys that can cover ground." USA Today Sports

February 8, 2014 Updates

But he also admitted that if he doesn't make it past the upcoming Feb. 20 trade deadline and finish out the season as a Laker, it won't faze him. "I don't care, I honestly don't care," Kaman said when asked if he has thought about the possibility of the Lakers trading him. "It's not something that I want to do, but it's not going to make me go to sleep at night and have to stay awake all night tossing and turning thinking about it. I don't care. If they want to trade somebody, trade me, trade the next guy, it don't bother me. It's part of the business. The sooner that you realize it's a part of the business, the better off you're going to be. Just let it roll and let it happen. I'm not going to try to stop anything." ESPN.com

February 7, 2014 Updates
February 6, 2014 Updates

Did coach Mike D'Antoni know what was going to happen when Sacre picked up his sixth foul? "Yeah …," D'Antoni said with his voice trailing off and his eyes letting reporters know he wasn't being truthful. "Not really. But it’s a nice rule." "I never knew when you fouled out, you could go back in," 11-year veteran Chris Kaman said. "I never knew that was a rule. So, I had my shoes untied and I was like lying down on the bench because we had like a really long bench. There was like 30 feet of extra space." ESPN.com

January 9, 2014 Updates

Kaman wasn't sure why he continued to be on the outside (at best) of D'Antoni's rotation. "I honestly can't answer that question for you without telling you a lie. I really have no clue why. I'd just be making something up," Kaman said. "I haven't played in six games and then all of a sudden I play [Wednesday]. I really have no rhyme or reason for it. When it's my turn, it's my turn and when it's not, I just sit and be positive and try to be professional about it." Los Angeles Times

Bill Oram: Chris Kaman had an all-time great monologue about the Hack-A-Dwight strategy. Exchanged words with Dwight at one point, here's why... Kaman: "I was trying to foul him, but they weren’t calling them, so I started smacking him harder. I was like man I don’t want to mess you up or whatever. I don’t really care, but I just wanted to let you know don’t be a douchebag about it because this is what I’m supposed to do. … I don’t think he cared. I think he’s kind of used to it by now after what is it 9 years, 10 years in the league. The big thing is he’s shooting 50 percent, so I think teams see that as an advantage.” Twitter @bill_oram

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