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KB-Pau-DH2012
02-03-2012, 05:32 PM
http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7538226/new-orleans-hornets-take-chris-kaman-trade-market-source-say

The New Orleans Hornets have decided to take center Chris Kaman off the trade market and are bringing him back to the team, according to sources close to the situation.

The league-owned Hornets deactivated Kaman last week and told the former All-Star on Friday that he could wait at home while team officials tried to find a new trade home for him.

But after discussions with numerous teams, sources said, New Orleans has decided to end those talks and recall Kaman, although it wasn't immediately clear what sort of role he'll have after Hornets coach Monty Williams announced last week that getting minutes for young players such as Jason Smith, Al-Farouq Aminu and Gustavo Ayon was the staff's priority.

It also remains to be seen, sources said, whether the Hornets' stance is firm, since it is widely expected around the league that Kaman would be dealt before the March 15 trade deadline.

The Hornets acquired Kaman in December as part of the blockbuster deal that sent face of the franchise Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers, but the leaguewide assumption from the start was that New Orleans would turn around and trade Kaman before the deadline, largely because he has an expiring contract.

Kaman, who turns 30 in April, is making $14 million this season. He became the oldest player on the Hornets' roster after being dealt with guard Eric Gordon, Aminu and Minnesota's unprotected 2012 first-round pick for Paul.

With the Hornets hoping to acquire draft picks or other young assets for Kaman, Houston showed the strongest interest in the 7-footer.

But sources said that interested teams -- Cleveland and Indiana were also among those that inquired -- balked at the asking price established by the league officials (Stu Jackson and Joel Litvin) who, along with NBA commissioner David Stern, essentially function as New Orleans' ownership committee until the team is sold.

The Rockets were believed to be offering a package built around the expiring contracts of two former top-10 picks from the 2009 draft in Hasheem Thabeet and Jordan Hill. Indiana is the only team in the league with the current salary-cap space available to take in Kaman's contract without sending players back to New Orleans, but no team has yet been willing to meet the Hornets' demands in terms of draft compensation.

Kaman's last appearance with the team was Jan. 27 at the morning shootaround, with the New Orleans Times-Picayune reporting earlier this week that his image had been excised from the team's pregame video shown during introductions at home games.

Kaman was an All-Star in 2009-10 and averaged 18.5 points and 9.2 rebounds for the Clippers that season. In 17 games with the Hornets this season, Kaman is averaging 9.2 points and 6.6 rebounds in 22.7 minutes per game.

Once the Hornets made the decision last week to focus on the development of their young big men, sources said, they approached Kaman and his representative, Rob Pelinka, about the 7-footer being deactivated until a trade can be consummated. The thinking was that it would be unwise to play Kaman even in spot minutes and risk exposing him to injury if it's clear that he will be dealt before the March 15 trading deadline.

With the Hornets mired at 4-19 entering Friday's play, building for the future in the wake of Paul's departure has emerged as the organization's clear priority.

gbrl
02-03-2012, 05:40 PM
well that sucks, wonder what we were offering.

-Kobe24-TJ19-
02-03-2012, 05:41 PM
They probably asked a 1st round pick from Kaman, but noone is that stupid lol

da ThRONe
02-03-2012, 05:43 PM
I always felt like we should keep Kaman expiring and trade Okafor's contract. That gives us much more flexibility. We still have to sell the team. With Kaman's and Landry's expiring if we can trade Okafor's, Ariza's, and most likely Jack's deal that gives us incredible cap flexibility for any potential owners.

gbrl
02-03-2012, 05:44 PM
I always felt like we should keep Kaman expiring and trade Okafor's contract. That gives us much more flexibility. We still have to sell the team. With Kaman's and Landry's expiring if we can trade Okafor's, Ariza's, and most likely Jack's deal that gives us incredible cap flexibility for any potential owners.

who is gonna trade for okafors contract though, dont you still have your amnesty clause

-Kobe24-TJ19-
02-03-2012, 05:47 PM
who is gonna trade for okafors contract though, dont you still have your amnesty clause

they still have to pay his salary

smith&wesson
02-03-2012, 05:49 PM
lol they told him to go home until they could find a new home for him. and now their gonna call him and say ya we decided you can stay ...

:laugh: im sorry but this david stern team is too funny.

Tmath
02-03-2012, 05:53 PM
I don't see why they put him on the block in the first place.

DeathB4Dishonor
02-03-2012, 05:56 PM
lol they told him to go home until they could find a new home for him. and now their gonna call him and say ya we decided you can stay ...
:laugh: im sorry but this david stern team is too funny.

haha thats so messed up ..

-Kobe24-TJ19-
02-03-2012, 05:56 PM
I don't see why they put him on the block in the first place.

to get rid of him

Tmath
02-03-2012, 06:00 PM
to get rid of him

Why? He is a huge expiring and they can use that to acquire players they like in free agency.

-Kobe24-TJ19-
02-03-2012, 06:03 PM
Why? He is a huge expiring and they can use that to acquire players they like in free agency.

What?

He would be a FA too, they must trade him before the deadline.

justinnum1
02-03-2012, 06:04 PM
buy him out so he can come to the heat

Tmath
02-03-2012, 06:06 PM
What?

He would be a FA too, they must trade him before the deadline.

No ****. His salary will be off the books so that means they can use that cap space to acquire players they like.

If they trade him they will be getting salary back and for a team thats trying to sell you would think they would rather the team be as flexible finically as possible.

FaM0us Skins
02-03-2012, 06:08 PM
They should keep trying to trade him

BigBongTheory
02-03-2012, 06:09 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuaePPMCUGk&feature=related

-Kobe24-TJ19-
02-03-2012, 06:11 PM
No ****. His salary will be off the books so that means they can use that cap space to acquire players they like.



Noone would sign with NO




If they trade him they will be getting salary back and for a team thats trying to sell you would think they would rather the team be as flexible finically as possible.

I'm 100% sure they are looking draft picks and young players on their rookie contracts.

Tmath
02-03-2012, 06:16 PM
Noone would sign with NO

Show them the money and they will sign.



I'm 100% sure they are looking draft picks and young players on their rookie contracts.

They have two picks in the coming draft, they were obviously trying to see if a team would overpay for him but no one did so they decided to keep him and use that flexibility in the summer or when they find new owners.

Just my opinion.

da ThRONe
02-03-2012, 06:49 PM
who is gonna trade for okafors contract though, dont you still have your amnesty clause

Somebody with center issues would take on his contract. I'm thinking Minnesota and Philly off the top of my head.

nolafan33
02-03-2012, 09:43 PM
May have overvalued a solid center with a huge expiring.

In the end though, there was no reason for the Hornets to take crap back for Kaman.

He's a good center, with a 14M expiring deal. That means something.

This could just be hardball and since the league owns the Hornets this kind of stuff gets out, but why should the Hornets trade Kaman when his 14M expiring deal is more valuable than a bunch of end of the bench guys?

Rego247
02-03-2012, 09:57 PM
****ing play him or trade him.

Do something NO. I have him in fantasy.

Gritz
02-03-2012, 10:31 PM
Wow

Lloyd Christmas
02-04-2012, 12:33 AM
They'll trade him. Stern knows what he's doing. The closer we get to the deadline the more a team in the playoff hunt will get desperate.

LakersIn5
02-04-2012, 12:47 AM
stern vetoed it

sunsfan88
02-04-2012, 05:26 PM
I always felt like we should keep Kaman expiring and trade Okafor's contract. That gives us much more flexibility. We still have to sell the team. With Kaman's and Landry's expiring if we can trade Okafor's, Ariza's, and most likely Jack's deal that gives us incredible cap flexibility for any potential owners.

Suns will take on Ariza's deal if we can get Eric Gordon too.

nolafan33
02-04-2012, 05:35 PM
Hornets aren't moving Eric Gordon.

mgsports
02-04-2012, 09:01 PM
Magic with Ariza and Jack for Redick/Clark/Luggins/Harper/Orton?

PacersForLife
02-05-2012, 05:11 AM
The Hornets are a mess. I'm guessing they wanna showcase what Kaman can do at this point in his career and try and get better offers.

reffahead
02-05-2012, 01:47 PM
The Hornets and NBA want the moon and stars for Kaman...

What thee F are they expecting for him. His value won't go up when you hold him until March 15.