Kaman to Rejoin Hornets

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Published: February 4, 2012

The Hornets make it official: Kaman is back with the team.

The New Orleans Hornets have announced today that Chris Kaman will rejoin the team immediately. He will participate in individual workouts with team staff at the club’s practice site, the Alario Center, starting today and will practice with the team beginning on Sunday, February 5, when they return from their current road trip.

“For a number of reasons, including the team’s decision to give more time to younger players, we had thought it best for Chris to work out on his own at the Alario Center as we made efforts to trade him,” said Hornets General Manager Dell Demps.

“However, following discussions with Chris, we have since concluded that being with the team is better for both Chris and the team, particularly our younger players who benefit from his experience and skill level.”

“Chris has been working out daily over the past week at the Alario Center and is in game condition,” Demps added.

The 9th year pro, who holds career averages of 11.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game, has appeared in 17 games for the Hornets this season (six starts), averaging 9.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks while leading the team in scoring once and in rebounding four times with one double-double.

Kaman was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers on December 14th, 2011 along with Al-Farouq Aminu, Eric Gordon and the more favorable of the Clippers’ and Minnesota Timberwolves’ 2012 first round picks in exchange for Chris Paul and two 2015 2nd round picks.

((42 sense: This is their statement at this time. We’ll see what unfolds as the various important dates in terms of various trade scenarious approch and pass.))

7 comments
David
David

Are you serious??? BJ Mullens, Joel Anthony, Spencer Hawes, Jermaine O'neal, Andrea Bargniani, 37 yr old Marcus Camby, Darko Millicic, Chuck Hayes, Sam Dalembert, DeJuan Blair, Kwame Brown, etc. are all STARTING centers in the NBA. Are you telling me that Chris Kaman (or Okafor, for that matter), isn't better than THAT???? He's a starter in the league. If we can't get return on him, we may as well keep him. Him walking at the end of the year is the same as us trading him for nothing.

Joe
Joe

Kaman should be the go to guy untill gordon returns. He can still play like he did 2 years ago but you just got to let him play his game.

nikkoewan
nikkoewan

nope. kaman is NOT a good scorer. uses too many possessions to score.

504ever
504ever

Agreed, nikkoewan, and Kaman is a turnover machine. If someone at Hornets247 analyses Kaman's game, everyone will get why no one will give us much for him. I predict he will end up at a bottom feeder team next year. Those are the only teams for who he represents and upgrade. He is the Hornets version of Jeremy Shockey, a fan favorite whose skill set only made him attractive to Carolina (Panthers, in Shockey's case).

neitzelbaby12
neitzelbaby12

i feel bad for the guy after the clips said they wouldn't trade him and we were about to trade him but I'm glad he's back

J
J

If the hornets give him a new contract $6 to $8 million is reasonable unless the Bucks get desperate and want a trade.

usufruct
usufruct

I would re-sign him in a heartbeat if the money was right. Let Oak and Smith start, and let Kaman play alongside Ayon. That way you've got a decent 7 footer on the court at all times. I'm just not sure we'll be able to sign him for decent money at the end of the day. That said, our money's got to go somewhere with all these super cheap contracts we've got. Especially once Landry leaves.