Beloved Clipper Chris Kaman is in an interesting position going into the season. Let me say upfront that my hope is that Kaman 2.0 shows up, ready to play, and he leads the team to glory. I love watching Kaman when he plays well--it's probably sweeter because he can play so poorly at times and be so frustrating.
But whether Kaman is good or bad, there are pressures on his situation. His contract is such that it's a nice deal if he's a 15/12 player on a playoff team, and maybe it's even okay if he's a 12/10 player on same said playoff team, as long as he plays in 65+ games and does well in the playoffs. But even so, DJordan presents a lower cost alternative, providing perhaps fewer points but probably the same rebounding, and maybe fewer turnovers, who knows. And Camby is on the roster this year of course. We know all this, and any way you slice it, as nice as it would be for Kaman to be a key cog in a playoff run, the other side of the coin is that he seems expendable, and if the Clips were able to move his contract they would have a big boost in their capspace and be positioned as a major player in next year's free agent market. Again, we know all this.
What I don't know are the best or likely or even possible destinations for Kaman and his deal. Are there any? This is in response, in part, to the Zbo discussion, and the memory of how Zbo was untradeable--until he wasn't. With a little research, it really looked like Zbo would be a good fit in Memphis, and then--bless the day--it happened. Good for Memphis, great for the Clippers.
I haven't looked around for potential teams for Kaman yet, so I'm curious to see if anybody has ideas.
And again, I'm hoping that this is reverse mojo, and any effort to figure out how to move Kaman will make him stronger and better and obviously a critical element of Clipper greatness.