The New Orleans Hornets have made a decision to take center Chris Kaman off the trade market and are bringing him back to the team, according to resources close to the situation. Basketball odds
The league-owned Hornets deactivated Kaman last week and said to the previous All-Star that he may wait at home whilst team officials attempted to get a new trade home for him.
But after discussions with many groups, sources said, New Orleans has made a decision to end those talks and recall Kaman, but it wasn’t straight away clear what type of job he’ll have after Hornets coach Monty Williams expounded last week that getting minutes for young players such as Jason Smith, Al-Farouq Aminu and Gustavo Ayon was the staff’s priority.
It in addition remains to be seen, sources said, whether the Hornets ‘ position is decisive, since it is broadly predicted around the league that Kaman may likely be dealt prior to the March 15 trade deadline. Basketball spreads
The Hornets bought Kaman in December as an element of the blockbuster deal that sent face of the franchise Chris Paul to the L. A. Clippers, but the leaguewide assumption from the start was that New Orleans would turn around and trade Kaman previous to the cut off point, largely because he has got an expiring deal.
Kaman, who turns 30 year-old 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 unguarded 2012 first-round pick for Paul.
With the Hornets looking to obtain draft picks or other young assets for Kaman, Houston showed the most powerful attraction in the 7-footer.
However sources said that interested teams — Cleveland and Indiana were also between the ones that inquired — drew the line at the asking price established by the league officers (Stu Jackson and Joel Litvin) who, along with NBA commissioner David Stern, basically function as New Orleans’ ownership panel till the team is sold.
League spokesman Tim Frank declared in a press release: “Dell Demps is the managing director of the Hornets (and) neither Stu Jackson nor Joel Litvin has had any conversations with any groups regarding a trade for Chris Kaman. Additionally, neither Stu nor Joel has set any asking price. Any info you are receiving to the reverse is just not correct.”
The Houston 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 sole team in the league with the current salary-cap space provided to take in Kaman’s agreement without sending players back to New Orleans, but no team has yet been pleased to meet the Hornets’ demands in terms of draft compensation.
Kaman’s last appearing with the team was Jan. 27 at the morning shootaround, with the New Orleans, earlier in the week 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 seventeen 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 decided last week to focus on the improvement of their young big men, sources announced, they approached Kaman and his representative, Rob Pelinka, regarding Kaman being deactivated until a trade may be consummated. The thinking was that it’d be inconsiderate to play Kaman even in spot minutes and risk exposing him to injury if it is clear that he is going to be dealt previous to the March 15 trading cut-off point.
With the Hornets mired at 4-19, building for the future in the trail of Paul’s exit has appeared as the organization’s clear issue.