Marc Stein, one of the top NBA reporters on ESPN has a new article up about Chris Kaman, trades, and actually something Clipper related.
The optimism from rival teams heard this week about the Los Angeles Clippers making 2010 All-Star Chris Kaman available before the Feb. 24 trading deadline — thanks to the fast-moving rise ofBlake Griffin‘s buddy DeAndre Jordan — was not debunked Thursday by a source familiar with the Clips’ thinking.
But there is a disclaimer: L.A. is saying, at least for now, that it is likely to keep Kaman through the deadline unless moving him results in a clear upgrade at small forward.
An upgrade with a reasonable contract, that is.
After reading that, one would assume an upgrade at small forward with a reasonable contract would be a player that is actually worth the loss of Chris Kaman. But Marc Stein continues with
That presumably rules out a move for the long-term deals of Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala or Charlotte’s Gerald Wallace. Detroit’s Tayshaun Prince, with an expiring contract valued at $11.1 million, fits the Clips’ parameters better, but the Pistons — despite their longstanding fondness for the former Central Michigan center — could well lack the financial flexibility they’d need themselves to take in Kaman (owed $12.2 million in 2011-12) until the sale of the team goes through (as mentioned in Box 3).
Well there goes the Gerald Wallace dream. I honestly think that he would be worth the loss of our homegrown all star center but clearly the front office wants a player more reasonable and I’m guessing younger for the Michigan native. I can see the logic here though with wanting a small forward whose contract is reasonable instead of one with a loaded contract. In several years, there is going to be the issue of resigning Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon and I’m pretty sure the front office does not want anything on their hands that might jeopardize that issue. The resigning of DeAndre Jordan after this season has already gotten Clipsnation’s panties in a bunch. Half the nation is saying that Donald Sterling will not give Jordan that reasonable payday and let him walk while another half is saying that keeping DJ is Sterling’s number one order of business after the season ends.
Sterling gets a lot of flack for being cheap but I’m sure he knows that keeping Jordan will help the Clippers keep Blake Griffin when it is time to resign him.
Any ways, the rest of the Clipper blurb here just talks about how the front office wants to see how the DJ/Kaman/Griffin 3 big man tandem would work out. I personally think with those 3, our front court would be the best front court in the whole NBA. Those 3 plus some random spot minutes for Rhino and Cook, our front court line up would be terrifying.
So yes, unless the Clippers get Gerald Wallace, I am still voting on the keep Chris Kaman ballot just to see how that front court would work.
Here is Marc Stein’s Weekend Dimes for this week for anyone interested in reading it. The Clippers part is mentioned in section 5 on the right side.