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Lakers News: Chris Kaman Agrees To Deal With Portland Trail Blazers

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Chris Kaman was one of the more frustrated Lakers this season as his minutes fluctuated throughout the season, despite showing he has quite a bit left in the tank when he got the chance to play.

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While there was a slight chance that Kaman could return to the team, that is no longer an option as Kaman has agreed to a two-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski:

Kaman signed with the Lakers hoping to get an opportunity to showcase that he can still be a contributor for a great team. While there were bumps along the way, he was able to show enough to get a good deal.

Now joining the Portland Trail Blazers, Kaman will be able to get some more consistent minutes as the Blazers had very little as far as depth behind their starters of LaMarcus Aldridge and Robin Lopez. The Blazers are also one of the league’s up and coming teams, making the second round of the playoffs last season.

Kaman now becomes the second former Laker to cash in this off-season, joining Jodie Meeks who signed a three-year deal worth $19 million to join the Detroit Pistons.
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  • Brandon A. Benitez

    Ahh man :( he would’ve been a perfect back up center

    • Badazztj12

      Sacre getting better plus he is young

      • kookiebuger

        lol

        • A Fan

          lol? He can give you solid defense, rebounding, and effort in 10-15 minutes of PT, plus like Bad said, he’s still young and improving

          • kookiebuger

            He averaged about 4 rebounds in 17 minutes a game he is an average rebounder, no offensive game, and is ok defensively. Chris Anderson or Okafur are better then him in my opinion.

          • A Fan

            Well, that depends if either of them are signed. At the rate FO is going, I wouldn’t even be surprised if we lose Jordan Hill within the next few days

          • Badazztj12

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          • Al Haldie

            No only HILL but most of the good bench we had– this is real sad – were back where FO is trying to get one man and the rest of the team are leaving–a fine mess we are in…

          • comrade24

            If we don’t sign Pau back, we better hope we at least retain Hill. he could very well be our starting center next season if things don’t pan out right

          • Lakers Fan

            Unfortunately, we will lose Hill.

          • Mike

            Hope not. Sacre sucks!

          • Derek Clark

            No duh? Sacre is only a sophomore in the game and you just compared him to a former all-star and a veteran big man in Chris Andersen. Sacre is young and will get better.

          • kookiebuger

            If you say so.

          • VillainKing

            My friend, Chris Andersen is not an all-star..

          • comrade24

            no one said he was. he was referring to Okafur

          • VillainKing

            My friend Emeka Okafor is also not an all star player..

          • WTF

            Chris Kaman for god sake.

      • Brandon A. Benitez

        Yeah hopefully Sacre continues to have growth and solid development. You never know maybe one day he’ll be ready to contribute heavily to the team

      • J King

        We can lose JHill. We don’t need him.

      • Nalin Shukla

        I 2nd that lol

  • They call me Pringles

    Kaman played pretty good for us last season regardless of his very limited playing time. D’umtoni kept him on the bench most of the season for shorter guys. Kaman, like everyone of our bigs last season except Ryan Kelly, was frustrated with D’umbtoni.

    • Jim213

      Seems as team’s are making deals while FO continues to show nothing. Focus on fantasy land with lebron while solid role players sign elsewhere.

      • A Fan

        They did offer Melo 97 mil over 4 years.. though yeah, FO’s ridiculously long waiting game has been concerning me for quite some time

        • Jim213

          More in reference to Lebron but agree. Melo also got a Lakers jersey with his name on it.

          • independentbynature

            That jersey will be a real collectors item since it will be the only one.

          • rivak

            I thought I told you not to be gay

          • independentbynature

            Your boyfriend said it was OK.He’s tired of your ass,already

          • Jim213

            We’ll know sometime next week.

          • independentbynature

            The sooner,the better.We still have no roster while many good players are going elsewhere.

          • Jim213

            Been checking out the available FAs and there’s still time time to build a decent competitive starting rotation however things turn out but best to start pitching to players FOs seriously interested in acquiring by next week IMO.

          • independentbynature

            It seems to be a players market so far.They’re getting paid.Might not be too many bargains out there.

          • independentbynature

            They should at least lock up a few of our own worth keeping.

          • Jim213

            IMO, depending on how things turnout by early next week. But FO shouldn’t wait to acquire players from last year. *K Bazemore, P Gasol, *X Henry, Jordan Hill, and N Young:

          • independentbynature

            The Jazz are after Bazemore and I have a feeling Hill will be gone shortly,too.I doubt Pau is coming back,either.

          • Jim213

            First one FO should bring back is Bazemore given Meeks departure. Also hear that X will workout for the Lakers first before hitting FA. Hill will likely go for more pay but Young will wait for FO too.

          • independentbynature

            Agreed.Haven’t heard anything at all about Farmar.I’ll bet he wants to stay,though.I don’t think that highly of Marshall.His D sucks and lots of PGs look better in Antoni’s “system.”The only FA I heard that wants to be a Laker is Thomas and he’s just too small to me.

          • Jim213

            Definitely agree, Marshall is a liability. But there’s still some reliable pg’s remaining tho by this time next week can’t guarantee anything. Preferred options for next season for now when it comes to pg’s:

            RFA, *Isaiah Thomas-PG Kings (great sign especially if no starter PG can be signed) more for wheel and deal purposes down the road

            RFA- Eric Bledsoe-PG (nuns will likely match offers)

            UFA- *Jameer Nelson- PG (vet pg who can be given a cheap contract who has playoff experience)

            UFA, *Aaron Brooks- PG (cheap backup consideration)

            UFA, DJ Augustin PG- (cheap/reliable/value$)

            UFA, Mario Chalmers- PG ($4 mil? experience/can play defense tho will be the fallout guy just like in MIami)

            No long term solution but decent for short term purposes

            *asterisk prefer options

          • independentbynature

            There are PG options available.I don’t find any of them other than Bledsoe all that attractive,though.And like you said,the Suns will match.If we can’t unload Nash,we might as well resign Farmar.With Clarkson available,I’d let Marshall go.But I’m worried about a shortage of bigs.With Pau and Hill likely gone and Kaman gone already,we have no bigs.

          • Jim213

            Hear the Lakers are considering Emeka Okafor. One year deal would be good for both sides give as Okafor is coming back from injury and for him it’d be best to show the can still contribute which would help him get more pay in 2015FA.. Fo best jump on this opportunity which would help them save cap for 2015 too. One year deal.

          • independentbynature

            They should jump on that.He sounds like a reasonable option,but injury is a concern.We’ll need 3 or 4 more bigs besides him,Randle and Sacre.I forgot all about Kelly.Shows you how highly I regard him.LOL

          • Jim213

            As long as he can show his value for the 1 year deal it should be considered tho for no more than $5 mil IMO.

          • independentbynature

            Well,it’s been good talking to you,Jim.Intelligent conversation here has been a little sparse the last few days with all the koolaid drinkers on site.I’m gonna call it a night.Enjoy your 4th/weekend.We’ll see what develops this week and talk some more.Good night.

          • Jim213

            Three day weekend should be nice same here…

          • Al Haldie

            Kelly was only a ROCK last yr why would they offer him 5 mil ..????????

          • independentbynature

            Okafor would get the 5 mil.,not Kelly.

          • comrade24

            We REALLY need to bring back HIll. If we plan on contending for a championship anytime in the near future you need hustle guys like him. Guys to do all the dirty work

          • comrade24

            we need a fallout guy now that Mike is gone. i say bring in Chalmers. Don’t play him any minutes. Just sign him, and blame losses on him. lol

          • Al Haldie

            OKC wants FARMAR because FISHER is gone…

          • independentbynature

            I hadn’t heard that.More bad news.

          • comrade24

            I think Thomas would be a great pick up. Yeah, he is small but he’s feisty as hell.

          • Guido

            The Lakers FO is in a holding pattern until LeBron and Carmelo decide on accepting the Lakers offer or not.

            Because The Lakers are the only legit team that can sign both LeBron and Carmelo outright with a slight pay adjustment to make the numbers crunch in to make it happen.Now i said legit meaning Phoenix is not a place they want to play but Los Angeles is for sure.

            And yeah man they want to play together they have internally discussed playing together in this free agency and all signs point to the Lakers.Mitch is closing the deal to make it happen.

            Gotta clear more cap space by renouncing everyone even old contracts like from years ago and trade Nash+rookies+Sacre to clear the cap to only 1 guaranteed contract Kobe Bryant then sign LeBron and Carmelo.Then bring on the role players and the coach they hand pick.That’s the Lakers plan man.

          • independentbynature

            That plan is whack.LeBron and Melo do not see the Lakers as legit.How could they.Coming off 27 wins,No coach,no roster and a clueless FO.Looks like an epic fail on the way.

          • comrade24

            no way they trade Randle. He’s the future.

          • independentbynature

            I was listening to ESPN radio on the way home from work.They gave it a 20% chance.

          • Jim213

            Seems like it but reading other sources who have contact with those teams that pitched to Melo everyone has doubts too. FO did more than pitch basketball which was a good thing being they ended up campaigning the overall basketball and business aspect of things.

          • independentbynature

            I still think he wants to stay in NY and used us for leverage to get that 5 yr max offer he got tonight.Phil is here in LA getting in the last word(Jedi mind tricks) and pitching Pau.He hired Rambis,too.

          • Jim213

            Agree, Phil’s no fool tho Kobe’s was going to have the final pitch but time will tell. Forget about Lebron tho Kupcake will meet with LJs agent soon but just a waste of airfare. They best start going after good reliable players soon no mater if Melo comes or not.

          • independentbynature

            Absolutely agree.This plan of theirs has worried me from the beginning.I said days ago,it feels like one epic whiff on the way.

          • Jim213

            Been saying it since last off season, acquire role players first and worry about the main attraction down the road. Teams have to show competitiveness/depth nowadays to potentially attract star players.

          • independentbynature

            They’re too busy groveling at Melo and LeBron’s feet.”Come to LA and tells us who we should hire as a coach.We’re too stupid to pick one for ourselves.”It doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.We don’t even have a roster.I like our two rookies.That’s about all they’ve done right,IMO.

          • Jim213

            FO best start coming to a deal with players next week otherwise that perception will only grow given felt like that for sometime too.

          • Chrmngblly

            They SHOULD grovel…:-)

          • comrade24

            Doesn’t anyone else think that’s kind of a slap in the face to Kobe? I mean, Mitch straight up said that Kobe will have no say in who the coach is, but Lebron and Melo who have never played a single game in a Lakers jersey get to pick the coach. WTF?

          • comrade24

            no kidding. The FO should just pretend that they’ve already signed Melo, reserve that cap room and start signing players to surround him with if it does happen, if it doesn’t, then they can either use it or save it.

      • Al Haldie

        If you remember MITCH said they were going all out – and he ment it were about all out of good FA and bench players – next thing you will see MITCH bring D’ANTONI BACK there are no Coaches waiting for a call from the LAKERS.

      • David

        You saw this coming: they took the league’s castoff for a short rental period and now those castoffs are making the best of their opportunity and signing for as much money as possible elsewhere. The most disappointing part about this is that a year is wasted and what should have been a solid building year is now back to step one and we are building all over again.

        • Jim213

          Saying it since last off season given the team was settling for second opportunity and d league players. However, expected FO to sign some of the 2nd unit players at most while acquiring role players but this has temporarily been placed on hold thus hurting the chances of re-signing some of the most reliable 2nd unit players for next season.

          • Chrmngblly

            They can’t afford cab fare with the “move” they are trying to make. I think it is just going to be embarrassing for Mitch and Kobe. Jim Buss, too, if he could be embarrassed.

            Plus, if the big plan doesn’t pan out I think Pau is gone, too. This is another all-or-nothing gamble, just like the big Howard fiasco turned out to be.

            Screw us all.

          • Jim213

            Close to $50 mil with both #24 and Melo. However, IMO they can still make it work. They can probably use and over 36 rule contract for Pau while keeping and trading Nash for another expiring contract before the deadline while waiving the player after to save the stretch provision option.

            Acquiring nash was what really hurt the franchise given they gave too much away while likely being able to utilize the picks to acquire younger talent under the salary cap scale. Don’t think Pau would stick around too if Melo goes elsewhere but IMO if Melo wants to play in NY (by all means), if he wants to contend in the East with Chi it’d be difficult given the Heat’s retooling which looks to upgrade defensively.

            But if Melo looks to compete now #24, Melo, Pau, and Randle seem like the best fit if he’s truly interest aside of the lakers being the best fit business wise if he’s looking to increase his own brand internationally. Lakers offer the business and basketball possibilities for Melo.

          • Chrmngblly

            Also, if they want to just say “F*ck it”, I think they could sign whoever they want and deal with it in the next two years and pay the penalties through the nose. IDK

            If they could talk LBJ into coming with Melo and Pau, I would be blown away. That has to be what they are thinking. With all this suspense, they better do something amazing.

      • Terrence

        FA contracts can’t be signed until July 10 anyway. All the deals going down right now are for guys who are seeing the highest bid for their services and taking the pay day.

        • Jim213

          Know this and posted it but it’s not stopping some of the potential best options (role players) from agreeing to go elsewhere while they wait to sign on the dotted line.

  • afs

    Good for Kaman. He played exceptionally well considering D’Antoni didn’t know how to utilize him. Best of luck Chris!

  • VillainKing

    Lakers please sign back Young and Hill or if Hill is not coming back Lakers can sign Birdman he can help the Lakers on protecting the rim but the problem is his age..

    • RealisticLakerFan

      Birdman is washed up now. Has too many back/hamstring problems. We need Hill

  • AC

    well, let’s hope Sacre improves over the summer… he can be a good rim protector and he some good moves around the basket

  • TheTruthKills

    Can’t blame him for this move. Portland is a team on the rise and will be in the championship mix next season. Good luck to him.

  • DKWTTY

    The Trailblazers are crazy. All of that for Kaman?

    • rajap

      5mil? Portland is still under the cap and they really didn’t need to do much else in the offseason.

      • DKWTTY

        You’d pay $5 million for Kaman? Hell naw I wouldn’t.

      • RealisticLakerFan

        I loved watching Portland destroy Dwight Coward in the playoffs. When Lillard hit that 3 I had flashbacks of vintage Kobe just doing work!

        Man I wish we could get Lillard and Aldridge

        • rajap

          Seeing Dwight’s facing after that series was like Xmas coming early lol. I hope he loses that badly every year.

          Imagine if Aldridge had never gotten traded from a Chicago. Things would be crazy.

  • Matt Williams

    I wish him well. I know he was unhappy and that’s Mike D’Antoni’s fault.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      He’s been unhappy with pretty much every coach he’s ever had. That’s his own fault.

  • rajap

    He’ll be a good backup for Robin Lopez.

  • independentbynature

    This summer is a players market.Bigs are worth money.Even journeymen.You guys seem to think all these guys will play for the minimum.They will all leave the Lakers and get paid at this rate.What’s Jimmy’s plan?Melo and bring on the D-Leaguers?That’s all that will be left after waiting for Melo and LeBron to say NO.There are no bargains for 27 win teams.We need to start building a roster.

    • Lakers Fan

      The rate we are going, we will be lucky to win 35+ games next year. The team will be a 36-yr old Kobe who is coming off of injury, a 2nd screen center in Sacre, a washed up Nash, a rookie in Randle who still needs work on his offensive and defensive game, a PG in Marshall who cares about nothing else but racking up assist, a rookie PG in Clarkson who can be a starting PG for us but just needs a little more polishing, and the rest of the roster will be filled out with D-League players. That’s what it looks like the roster will end up looking like.

  • wake up lakers

    The kaveman found a new cave.

  • laker4life

    Would have been a good back up C for us last year in a different system. MDA’s no D system and shoot first basically makes bigs that play with their back to the basket worthless. Got to say Kaman handled it all with class.

  • sign isaiah

    Lakers please sign isaiah. He wants to be a laker.

    • independentbynature

      Figures…. The only guy who wants to be a Laker is like 5 foot nuthin.

      • rival

        Your an idiot bro

        • independentbynature

          You ought to know.You see one every morning in the mirror,bro…….

          • rival

            dont be gay dick

          • independentbynature

            Don’t worry…I won’t take any of your boyfriends.There all yours.

          • independentbynature

            rival’s got gay on the membrane.He must be lonely tonight.

  • socalchargin

    Badazz…sacre straight sux hes garbage…and meeks is gone…cuz their waiting on carmelo…pleez carmelo aint coming we don’t even have a coach…

  • kiko

    Bob Mcadoo and jeff van gundy or george karl and mike woodson and mark jackson next new head coach LA Lakers right now please

  • markjsunz

    It is starting to look like Kobe and a bunch of cast offs from other teams. Next year the Suns get the Lakers first round pick for Steve Nash.
    Not sure of the thinking by the Laker brass. The smart move would have been to let Kobe walk and start signing the best available player in the draft..

  • Al Haldie

    Good for you CHRIS – happy for ya – at least you will get a chance to play—-ENJOY

  • RealisticLakerFan

    Darren Collison gone to sacremento. They know they are going to lose Isiah … but I wish we could of got collison… another one bites the dust

  • Devon Samuels²⁴

    I don’t blame you I wish you would stay but good luck!

  • lLakers4ever

    Heard Spencer Hawes just signed with the Clippers….man..the way..slow d lakers are signing someone..or anyone..no one will be left in the market….we will probably end up with the Xavier’s, d Wesley’s, d farmars…here’s to another losing season…maybe it’s high time..we get rid of kupchack…I think he.’s lost his touch..

    • Chrmngblly

      No. Jim Buss is the pothead here.

  • J King

    Why did he come to the lakers w/ the cheaper contact?

  • Archie Colvin

    Portland Trailblazers – Wussies on the Willamette.

  • Bryant T. Jordan

    Good riddance … he wasn’t worth using cap space on …

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  • comrade24

    this is good news. The Portland front line just got weaker.

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