Former All-Star Chris Kaman has agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.
With Dwight Howard‘s departure to Houston, there was an opening for another quality big man on the Lakers’ roster and Kaman will fill that void. Teaming with Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill, Kaman will be part of a three-man rotation of post players for Los Angeles.
The Lakers want to remain extremely flexible for the 2014 offseason, so Kaman will only be under contract for just this season.
What Kaman brings to the table is a physical presence that loves to use his body around the basket to create easy and efficient-scoring opportunities. In his loan All-Star season with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2009-2010, Kaman averaged 18.5 PPG, 9.3 RPG and 1.2 BPG.
Injuries, the emergence of Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan on the Clippers and not a lot of playing time last season with the Dallas Mavericks has contributed to Kaman’s recent production decline. The Lakers will be looking for Kaman to back up Gasol by being the anchor for the L.A.’s second unit.
The Lakers still have some more moves to make this offseason.
Former Laker Lamar Odom has been reportedly contacted by Los Angeles. With Odom’s decline in production in the last two seasons, a return to the Lakers is just what he probably needs to get his career back on track. Odom would be a very low risk if brought in on a one-year contract, but would be a high reward if he can get back to the Odom of old.
Free agent Nick Young would be the perfect sixth man to provide scoring off the bench for the Lakers and could fill in nicely for the injured Kobe Bryant as the team’s starting two-guard if Bryant is not able to join the roster by opening night.
Young has been reportedly contacted by the Lakers also, but would have to take a pay cut to join the team.