The Big German: Chris Kaman

I came across an interesting story in the Grand Rapids Press about how Chris Kaman ended up playing for the German Olympic team this summer.

hris Kaman wondered what it would be like to be part of the Olympic Games.

He never thought it might mean being called a traitor when Germany and its greatest player — NBA star Dirk Nowitzki– came looking for help.

“I thought it was about the basketball,” he said. “I would have played for my country if my country needed me.

“It was sort of a joke at first, then Dirk talked to me about my family being from Germany, a German federation guy got involved and it turned into this — I’m going to the Olympics.”

Clips withdraw offer to Fazekas

Wow, just when you thought the Clippers were done for the summer, we got word this afternoon the team has withdrawn its qualifying offer to Nick Fazekas, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Here are the details:

The Los Angeles Clippers today announced that the team and forward Nick Fazekas have agreed to the withdrawal of the teams qualifying offer dated June 25, making Fazekas an unrestricted free agent.

Signed by the Clippers as a free agent on March 18, Fazekas appeared in 26 games last season for Los Angeles, averaging 4.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.4 assists in 10.3 minutes.

The Clippers roster now stands at 12 players after the most recent signing of forward Brian Skinner on July 31, as Los Angeles has revamped its roster by adding a total of eight new players for the 2008-09 season.

Below is an update of the Clippers off-season transactions:

June 26: Drafted G Eric Gordon from Indiana University with the 7th pick in the NBA Draft

June 26: Drafted C DeAndre Jordan from Texas A&M with the 35th pick in the NBA Draft

June 26: Acquired the draft rights to G Mike Taylor from Portland in exchange for a 2009 second Round NBA Draft pick.

June 30: Extended qualifying offers to F Nick Fazekas and F Marcus Williams

July 2: Signed G Eric Gordon

July 9: Renounced rights to free agents G Dan Dickau, G Shaun Livingston, F Boniface Ndong, G Smush Parker, F James Singleton

July 10: Signed free agent G Baron Davis

July 15: Acquired F/C Marcus Camby from Denver in exchange for Denver to have the option to exchange second round picks in 2010

July 15: Signed C DeAndre Jordan and G Mike Taylor

July 16: Withdrew qualifying offer to F Marcus Williams; Renounced rights to free agents F Quinton Ross and C Paul Davis

July 23: Acquired G Jason Hart from Utah in exchange for G Brevin Knight

July 28: Signed free agent G/F Ricky Davis

July 30: Waived F Josh Powell

July 31: Signed free agent F Brian Skinner

August 1: Withdrew qualifying offer to F Nick Fazekas