HoopsHype Chris Kaman rumors

December 17, 2013 Updates

With players who signed as free agents in the offseason able to be traded as of Sunday, Kaman would be a logical candidate to be moved because he isn't playing much and he makes $3.2 million on a team that's $7.8 million over luxury tax. He said he's heard nothing on that front and isn't expecting to, either. "I haven't," Kaman said, when asked if he'd heard from the Lakers or anyone else about whether he'd be moved. "The conversations I've had have been, 'Let's stick with it. Let's play it out a little more. Let's see where things go.' So I just try to be ready and be positive. I'm not going to let it take away from me having fun and being a good person. I just do the best I can with what I've got." ESPN.com

The veteran center says he joined the team as a free agent this summer because he saw opportunity to play significant minutes and re-establish his value after a couple of up-and-down seasons with New Orleans and Dallas. Instead he's found himself at the end of the Lakers' bench. "It's absolutely not what I was looking for," Kaman told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Monday morning after the Lakers' shootaround. "It's not really in my control. I just try to keep working hard and be ready if the time comes. And if it doesn't, then it just wasn't meant to be." ESPN.com

December 16, 2013 Updates

"I haven't," Kaman said, when asked if he'd heard from the Lakers or anyone else about whether he'd be moved. "The conversations I've had have been, 'Let's stick with it. Let's play it out a little more. Let's see where things go.' So I just try to be ready and be positive and do the things I'm not going to let it take away from me having fun and being a good person. I just do the best I can with what I've got." ESPN.com

The veteran center says he came to Los Angeles as a free agent this summer because he saw opportunity to play significant minutes and re-establish his value after a couple of up-and-down seasons in New Orleans and Dallas. Instead he's found himself at the end of the Lakers bench. "It's absolutely not what I was looking for. It's not really in my control. I just try to keep working hard and be ready if the time comes. And if it doesn't, then it just wasn't meant to be," Kaman told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Monday morning after the Lakers shootaround in Atlanta. ESPN.com

In the 13 games he has played for the Lakers, Kaman is averaging 8.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in nearly 17 minutes a game. Still, it's been a frustrating experience. "Never did I think I would come here and not play, otherwise I probably wouldn't have come," Kaman said. "I had a bunch of other options, but I saw opportunity here." ESPN.com

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Every NBA player undergoes a concussion protocol test before the season that utilizes a basic deck of playing cards. "Including a joker," Kaman said. The questions vary from identifying previous cards—was it a jack of diamonds? Have you seen the two of clubs?—to how many consecutive red or black cards were shown. This establishes their baseline memorization capabilities. When a player then suffers a concussion, he is put through the same test to determine just how much of his memory has been affected. Curry met the requirements when he went through the test before Friday's game against the Lakers. He was subsequently cleared for Saturday night's contest against the Blazers. Bleacher Report

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Bill Oram: Lakers will go big in starting 5 tonight. Chris Kaman will start with Pau Gasol. Twitter @bill_oram

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Kaman, who signed with the Lakers as a free agent in the summer, was not complimentary of Carlisle. "I have a hard time with coaches who say one thing in one ear and then behind your back they're saying something else," Kaman said. "It's not easy to decide, was he serious. There was a lot that was said to me that was just misrepresentations and stories that went one way and the next day it would be completely opposite. So that's why I say he plays games with guys. He's not going to play games with Dirk or play games with Vince. But other guys he doesn't know well or are new, he plays games and I didn't get it. I had so many conversations with him and I got tired of the conversations." Dallas Morning News

"I had a good experience here," he said. "I enjoyed the city and the fans were great. It was probably one of my favorite cities that I've played in so far. But it doesn't work out everywhere you go. Players get bounced around. I guess I just didn't fit into coach Carlisle's style or what he wanted to do, so I had to figure out how to make it work somewhere else." Dallas Morning News

"It's a different coaching style," Kaman said. "Coach Carlisle is uptight and kind of plays games with people here and there. Coach D'Antoni is more relaxed. He lets guys get a feel and make mistakes and play. That's the kind of basketball players like to play. You can't micromanage every situation and pull a guy in and out and in and out. It just doesn't work that way. If you have some superstars, you might get away with that. But if you have guys who aren't superstars, it's hard to do that." Dallas Morning News

November 4, 2013 Updates

Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni is still trying to settle on a starting lineup and a consistent rotation four games into the season, and Chris Kaman hopes he settles on one soon that has him playing more minutes alongside Pau Gasol. "It's not easy, but I want to be patient with coach because he's a good guy and he's been straight with me," Kaman said after the Lakers' 105-103 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. "We've talked and he's said, 'Hey, I want to get you in there more, but I'm trying to do everything.' It's hard to make everybody happy and do your job and win. There's a lot going on there for him." ESPN.com

October 28, 2013 Updates

"I respect what they're doing and what they've done, but still, they're nothing like the Lakers," Kaman said Monday. "You look up here at all the championships. They're never going to have that. It's never going to happen. I don't see it. Los Angeles Times

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