Lakers Rumors: Cavaliers Interested In Acquiring Chris Kaman

Lakers Rumors: Cavaliers Interested In Acquiring Chris Kaman


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Around this time of the season, the Los Angeles Lakers are usually exploring trades that will help in the second half of the season and in the postseason; however, this season comes with a change in philosophy.

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The Lakers are still in the trade rumors and listening to offers, but they are doing so to focus on the future rather than a playoff push. They currently sit at 18-35 and are 13 games out of a playoff position, making the team sellers rather than buyers this trade deadline.

According to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal, the Cleveland Cavaliers have shown interest in one of the Lakers’ big men:

The Cavs previously discussed acquiring Chris Kaman from the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources said, but those talks have stalled.

Kaman was signed to a one-year deal in the off-season, but found himself out of head coach Mike D’Antoni’s rotation and at one point went nine games without playing. He has been thrust into a starting role recently with the Pau Gasol injury and has taken advantage of his time on the court. Kaman has a double-double in three consecutive games, scoring as much as 27 points in a loss to the Chicago Bulls. The 31-year-old is a skilled offensive player that can score in the post and with his midrange jumper. On the season, Kaman is averaging 10.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in just under 19 minutes a game. He has played in just 27 of the team’s 43 games and has started in nine of those games.

Other teams have shown interest in Kaman and the Lakers would be open to a trade, especially one that can bring them young talent or a draft pick. Thursday is the trade deadline, meaning the team’s roster may look significantly different come Friday. Kaman, Gasol, Steve Blake and Jordan Hill have all been in trade rumors recently and could find themselves on a new team very soon.
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  • Raffaele D’Abrusco

    I would not mind having Dion Waiters on our team.

    • Daryl Peek

      Waiters for Kaman would be the move but that likely hinges on what they do with Gasol first.

    • kram

      Waiters..then thats just mean no Kyrie in 2015..

      • Kevin Kvasnok

        Kyrie is restricted free agent in 2015, which means Cavs can match any offer brother……..wish guys well but don’t thik Kyrie is going anywhere Dawg. LeBron was different and different personalities man.

    • Kevin Kvasnok

      Dion won’t be traded the owner doesn’t want them to trade him and Dion and Kyrie are cool now and both want to stay in Cleveland brother… might give you draft picks but don’t see anybody from our rotation leaving us.

    • GoneGalt16

      I don’t know what it is with Lakers and NY fans thinking teams are going to trade their best players for aging garbage. Waiters is 22 and has been playing extremely well, he was taken 4th overall and the cavs see him as a cornerstone of their franchise. There is a zero percent chance he gets traded for a half a year rental of a 31 year old bench center.

      • Baltazar Costa

        Bro. If Dion is that good, it means he would not stay in Cleveland.You guys don’t have money to keep your best players. Years after years, you have been drfting the top 1 – 5 prospects and what happened? They are all running away from Cleveland. Dion and Kyrie won’t stay either. Next summer, the Lakers will make an offer for Irwing, that the Cavs wouldn’t be able to match. We have tons of money, bro. Time Warner Cable Television has invested $ 3 BILLIONS in Lakers for the next 25 years, just for the rights to televise their games. That can not happen in Cleveland. If you don’t have money to keep your best players and build, they will all jump the ship.Waiters, Irwing are all very talented young players, who needs to play and compete for the title. In Cleveland, that won’t happen.

        • GoneGalt16

          First off, its definitely not a money issue as Dan Gilbert has been and continues to be one of the top spending owners in the league. You might not have heard of him, but he was the guy who offered a billion dollars to anyone who correctly fills out a perfect NCAA bracket. He is ALWAYS a top spender and willing to go into the luxury tax. Besides that, NBA contracts are slated by the NBA. This isn’t baseball, there are rules as to what you can offer a player and the rules are set up so that the cavs will be able to offer any player on their team significantly more money than any other team, even your precious Lakers. Because they have an owner who is willing to spend as much as it takes (we have never lost a player due to the cost on salary). So your argument that the Lakers have more money is useless and makes ZERO sense.

          When has a draft pick in the top ten left the cavs after less then 7 years? It hasn’t happened in the past 20 years. You have no clue what your talking about. The players the cavs have drafted between 1-5 over the past ten years are: Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, and Dion Waiters. All of them are still with the team. Obviously LBJ left the team, but that was after 7 years and two contracts. Both Irving and waiters are on rookie contracts and have played less than 3 years. Waiters has two years on his contract and if his play continues to rise will be expected to sign a 4-5 year deal following this season for more money than he can make anywhere else. So there is zero chance that they trade him.

          Don’t bother commenting on these boards if you have no understanding of how basketball contracts and free agency works.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Sure do this trade if Lakers get expiring C.J. Miles and a 2014 second round picks and Cavs get Chris Kaman.Cavs have 3 2014 second round picks.Cavs have 3 second round picks and Lakers would need to ask for the highest one or else get the second best one which belongs to the Cavs.Orlando gave Cavs a second rounder that the second round pick Lakers should get IMO.

    • GoneGalt16

      I think the cavs would be more likely to try to move a non guaranteed contract like Alonzo gee or another bench player + a second rounder. But this is by far the most realistic trade proposed here so far.

    • Baltazar Costa

      Two second round pics will be good enough for the Lakers to send them Chris Kaman. Yes. The guy is already 31, but he still posts double-doubles almost every night. The age is not important, the production is.

    • GoneGalt16

      Age is extremely important to a very young team. We already have an aging center in varejao. Besides that Kaman’s contract expires at the end of the year. For the cavs he would be nothing but a little bit of insurance for the rest of the season in case varejao gets hurt.

  • Marty Susman

    First round pick plus Waiters for Gasol.

    • GoneGalt16

      You wouldn’t get a first round pick or waiters for Gasol, let alone both.