2013 NBA Free Agency Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers Begrudgingly Going From Dwight Howard to Chris Kaman?

By Ryan Heckman


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I know, I know. More Dwight Howard talk.

That’s the only time you will see his name in this entire piece — I promise.

The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly interested in filling the void left down low with another free agent center, Chris Kaman formerly of the Dallas Mavericks. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports dished out the news on Sunday:



This is not nearly as bad as the title makes it seem, but still is somewhat hilarious to see the obvious differences between Kaman and — I told you I wouldn’t mention his name again.

Kaman is a tenured NBA veteran who knows a thing or two about playing a complete game as a center. For his career, he has averaged 11.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. Last season he was a bit below those averages, but also only getting 20 minutes per game and missing 30 games due to injury.

The Lakers may not have any better options at the moment. Chris Anderson is an intriguing guy, but probably won’t give you the production as a starter that he does off the bench. Not to mention, he appears to be a priority for the Miami Heat this summer.

Los Angeles wouldn’t be getting an athletic defensive juggernaut in Kaman, but hey, they didn’t have that last year anyways.

Kaman honestly wouldn’t be too bad of a signing as long as head coach Mike D’Antoni doesn’t screw it up like many fans believe he can — and will — continue to do in 2013. The problem in Los Angeles last year could have been more than just that one guy who went to play for the Houston Rockets. Actually, you can bet on the fact that D’Antoni was part of the problem, but that’s an entirely different story.

If Kaman were to make his way to the Lakers, I see him fitting in well. He’s a different player than they were used to down low in 2012 and I think overall it wouldn’t hurt to give it a shot for a year and see what happens next summer.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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