Thursday, March 7, 2013
Five fits for Chris Kaman in 2013-14
By Joe Kaiser
As Chris Kaman's season in Dallas is winding down, it's becoming increasingly clear that he is not a part of the Mavericks' long-term plans. So where might the offensive-minded center end up next season? Here are five teams I believe could be strong possibilities.
Boston -- The Celtics didn't address the center position at the trade deadline, and could still use a true center to take some pressure off of Kevin Garnett up front. Provided that Kaman can stay healthy, he'd add another experienced player to the veteran Boston squad.
Milwaukee -- Samuel Dalembert becomes an unrestricted free agent after the season, leaving defensive specialist Larry Sanders as the primary man for the job. Kaman would have to come off the bench with the Bucks, but he could thrive on what might be a talented roster in 2013-13.
Philadelphia -- Andrew Bynum probably won't be back in Philly next season, which would leave Spencer Hawes and Kwame Brown as the only 7-footers on the roster. One way to improve the depth up front would be to bring in Kaman.
Charlotte -- The Bobcats have Bismack Biyombo and Brendan Haywood signed for two more years and could also bring back B.J. Mullens, who's due to become a restricted free agent. Still, a starting job could be available for Kaman in Charlotte.
Portland -- J.J. Hickson is an unrestricted free agent, and Meyers Leonard may still be a few years away from being trusted with the starting center job. Kaman could bridge the gap between Hickson and Leonard if he signs a two-year deal with the Blazers.