April 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Hornets center Chris Kaman (35) reacts during the final seconds of a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at the New Orleans Arena. The Lakers defeated the Hornets 93-91. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Update #2: ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon says the Mavericks will use the amnesty clause on Brendan Haywood as well. This gives Dallas a better shot at acquring Elton Brand and frees up room for a potential trade for Dwight Howard, if the Mavericks wish to make a serious pursuit before he hits free agency in 2013.
Coming on @ESPNDallas -- Source says Mavs will use amnesty clause on Brendan Haywood.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 11, 2012
Update: ESPN.com is confirming this is a done deal. Also, this:
Partnering up with @swish41 and heading to the Mavs........— Chris Kaman (@ChrisKaman) July 11, 2012
Well, so much for inactivity. From ESPN's Marc Stein and Yahoo! Sports Marc J. Spears:
Just going up online: Mavs on verge of signing All-Star center Chris Kaman. Deal should be finalized later Wednesday— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 11, 2012
Mavericks to sign free agent center Chris Kaman to a one-year deal paying $8 million, source tells Yahoo! Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 11, 2012
The move isn't too much of a shocker. Kaman has been linked to Dallas for the last few years, a teammate of Dirk Nowitzki on the German national team.
But this move likely eliminates the Mavericks from bidding on Elton Brand. As I mentioned last night, Brand is a quality defender and scorer in the post that would make a nice front court mate with Nowitzki. Kaman isn't a bad fit either, he also is a quality scorer from the post. But he isn't near the defender Brand is (but Kaman's also a better defensive rebounder, which the Mavericks desperately need.)
The price tag is great, and a one-year deal is another sweetener for the Mavericks if they plan to make a run at trading for Dwight Howard. Kaman will instantly be an upgrade over Brendan Haywood, offensively, which was a big reason the Mavericks offense as a whole was so miserable last season.
Brand would have had the most intriguing possibilities as a two-way player, but plugging Kaman into the rotation instantly makes the Mavericks front court a helluva lot more respectable past Nowitzki.
Here are Kaman's career numbers, FYI: