HoopsHype Chris Kaman rumors

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What does that mean for Chris Kaman, who dominated the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night in a surprise 115-99 Lakers' victory? In 32 minutes, Kaman scored 28 points with 17 rebounds and six assists. "After a monster game like last night, it's hard to bench a guy like that, even not play him," said Gasol of Kaman. "You've got to give him some credit and understand that he's a valuable piece, one of our best pieces." Kaman has called the season frustrating, playing a much smaller role than he anticipated when he signed a one-year deal with the Lakers over the summer. In 38 appearances, Kaman is averaging 10.3 points in 18.6 minutes -- getting most of his opportunities when Gasol sat out 14 games with a variety of ailments. Los Angeles Times

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Again, the last time Kaman played before Tuesday was Feb. 28. That was also the last game Jordan Hill played until he came back on March 21 after missing three weeks with a knee injury. Still, no Kaman. Even when Gasol missed the second half against the Orlando Magic on Sunday, Kaman did not play. “I didn’t know what was going to happen when Pau went down last game, so I figured I might have played then and I didn’t,” Kaman said. “Then I didn’t know what to anticipate. Jordan Hill was out the last few weeks and I didn’t play at all. We only had two bigs, so I thought maybe I would play.” Long Beach Press-Telegram

Kaman, who said he hasn’t even had a conversation with D’Antoni since the two talked briefly before a March 3 game at Portland, was asked if he was excited to be playing. “I’m just thrilled,” the 7-foot post said, somewhat sarcastically. “I’m enthralled. I’m ready to go.” Finally, Kaman was asked if he has made peace with the situation. “I’m not at peace about it,” said Kaman, who has averaged 9.9 points and 5.6 rebounds when he has played. “I’m pissed about it. But I can’t control it, I’m not in charge, I don’t control the wheels.” Long Beach Press-Telegram

March 25, 2014 Updates
March 7, 2014 Updates

The Lakers aren’t building a culture or molding a young core group of guys. In a way, they’re auditioning whoever is left standing for next year. But even a good showing in this last quarter of the season doesn’t guarantee anyone anything. “You have a lot of guys on one-year deals,” Kaman said. “There’s a lot of guys who are worried about that. It’s definitely on the back of everybody’s mind. And if it’s not, they’re not telling the truth. It’s hard.” ESPN.com

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

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