Reports released last night entail that the Hornets are actively shopping Chris Kaman, who they got as part of the Chris Paul deal. They working so “actively” that they’re even benching Kaman until a deal is done. Talk about prudence.
The good news is that the Hornets and Kaman have mutually agreed that this is the best decision for both parties. Even better news is that the Wolves may be in the market for a new, shiny center.
The Wolves do indeed have some money locked up at the center position with Darko Milicic (signed through 2014 after inking the erroneous 4 year, $20 mil deal), Nikola Pekovic (signed through next season at 3 years, $13 mil), and Anthony Randolph, who is more of an afterthought at this point.
By removing a heavy contract at center — Darko — and maybe something pretty enticing for a young rebuilding team like the Hornets — Michael Beasley — well, you got yourself a pretty fair trade for both teams involved, if you ask me, sending Kaman to Minnesota.
There’s no denying that Darko and Pek have played big minutes all season long — Just last night, Pek worked Tim Duncan in the post like he wasn’t even there, and Darko recorded a season-high seven blocks against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. But neither are true long-term options. Kaman would clean Kahn’s slate of awful contracts given to centers, and be plugged in alongside Love to form a fearful duo; Love with the sheer rebounding and shooting and Kaman with the defense and refined post game.
Currently, Kaman is set to become a free agent at the end of this season, meaning any trade would also mean committing to a long-term deal with the Michigan product. But the Wolves are in luck. After resigning Kevin Love on Wednesday to an awfully flexible deal, the Wolves have money to play with over the next three years, as they continue to piece the puzzle together. Of course the key would be to get Kaman at a premium, which is entirely possible due to his age and drop in production, I’d put it around, oh, 3 years, $20 mil.
A steady center like Kaman alongside Love at that kind of price could be what this team is looking for. And the trade also pays the Wolves a huge favor by ridding them of Beasley’s drama.
Do the deal. Make it happen.