Chris Kaman to take commercial flight to join team on trip

MILWAUKEE — Chris Kaman did not travel with the Lakers to Milwaukee because of personal reasons, but he is scheduled to take a commercial flight to join the team in hopes that he is available for tonight’s game against the Bucks (13-58).

Kaman was slated to start at center because Pau Gasol did not make the trip because of continuous symptoms with vertigo. But the Lakers will likely start a frontcourt that features Jordan Hill and Ryan Kelly.

Kaman acknowledged recently that he has experienced the most frustrating season of his 11-year career for reasons that include the Lakers’ 24-46 record, their persistent injuries and his diminished role. Kaman posted 13 points on 5 of 10 shooting in the Lakers’ 127-96 victory Tuesday over the New York Knicks at Staples Center, but that marked his first appearance in the previous 10 games.

Kaman had been hobbled by a sore right foot, but his 35 appearances this season mostly traces toward becoming a casualty in Mike D’Antoni’s rotation. D’Antoni has routinely shown preference for stretch forwards and has said both Hill and Robert Sacre play better defensively than Kaman. Kaman, who signed a mini mid-level exception last offseason worth $3.2 million, has posted 10 points and 5.7 rebounds. Through nine starts, Kaman has also averaged 13.9 points on 46.5 percent shooting.


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