The Lakers have one less free agent to monitor. Veteran center Chris Kaman accepted a reported two-year deal worth nearly $10 million to play for the Portland Trail Blazers, news first reported by Yahoo! Sports.
It is not particularly surprising Kaman left the Lakers. He averaged a solid 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in nearly 19 minutes a game, but he fell out of favor with former Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni. But with D’Antoni’s departure, the Lakers did not rule out Kaman’s return presuming he would sign at a discounted price on a one year deal.
Instead, Kaman will provide a solid presence behind center Robin Lopez. Kaman has maintained a relationship with Blazers general manager Neil Olshey, who drafted Kaman in 2003 when Olshey was an executive with the Clippers. Though Kaman accused Olshey of breaking his promise he wouldn’t be traded in the deal that landed the Clippers star guard Chris Paul, the two eventually patched things up.
Through 11 seasons with the Clippers, New Orleans Hornets, Dallas Mavericks and Lakers, Kaman averaged 11.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.
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