The Lakers addressed their lack of size and vacancy at the center position by signing free agent, 7-foot NBA veteran, Chris Kaman. The Lakers have not addressed the issue of their aging team yet.
Kaman is 31 years old and is a 10 year NBA veteran. He continues to be one of the most well rounded offensive centers in the NBA since he can score with his back to the basket and has a killer face up game too. But he can’t be very effective when he is not on the floor. Kaman played 66 games last year for the Dallas Mavericks, almost as many games as he played in the previous two seasons combined. Kaman has not played a full 82 games since his rookie year with the Clippers, and has only been to the playoffs once in his career. And the Lakers frontcourt is one of the oldest in the NBA when you add the 33 year old Gasol.
Kaman is a solid player, but by signing him the Lakers did not move closer to securing Kaman’s second career trip to the playoffs. Chris Kaman is a quality starting center. But he can’t replace the inconsistent Dwight Howard. Kaman’s rebounding numbers and blocked shots dropped considerably last season which is concerning. But on the bright side he will be much more well liked. Kaman is known as much for his yeti-like beard and shooting $10,000 worth of fireworks from his lawn as he is for his basketball accumen.
The exact terms of the deal have not been reported. But ESPN reports they have the scoop.
Terms were not disclosed, but sources with knowledge of the deal told ESPN’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne that Kaman agreed to a one-year contract worth the Lakers’ mini mid-level exception amount of just under $3.2 million.
This moves says the Lakers don’t have a direction in the short term. Kaman is low risk, quality one year pick up prior to the free agent and draft class of 2014. He may ‘Andrew Bynum‘ the season by not playing at all with an injury of the bowling, firework, or other variety. But on the bright side, playing with the very cever Pau Gasol could put him in All Star level type numbers. Although the frontcourt especially does not look any younger, I’d still take Chris Kaman over Robert Sacre this season in a heart beat.