This is clearly not the scenario Chris Kaman was hoping for when he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers during the offseason.
The towering big man took a discount to sign with Los Angeles looking to get his career back on track after some disappointing years with the Dallas Mavericks and the New Orleans Pelicans. Nearly two months into the regular season, Kaman is now buried at the back of the rotation and The Caveman has reportedly voiced his displeasure with the situation.
Per ESPN reports, Kaman “wouldn’t take the same decision knowing this was going to happen,” and he’s just waiting “for an opportunity to get back on to the court” in what has been a dismal year. Kaman already fell behind Robert Sacre in the team’s depth chart and has only seen the court through garbage minutes in blowout games.
Even though Jordan Hill has been the most consistent performer inside the paint and Sacre has been able to contribute surprisingly, Kaman shouldn’t be left out of the rotation on a daily basis. For a team that’s clearly missing an inside presence on both ends of the court, Kaman could easily add some toughness and physicality inside together with some scoring punch as he has never averaged less than 10 points per game.
Lots of things are wrong with the Lakers this season, and the roster is clearly not constructed properly. Having Kaman off the depth chart, however, is not a solution. In fact, he could even help the team in an area that they clearly need some assistance.