According to ESPN’s Ric Bucher, the San Antonio Spurs still have a possible shot at landing New Orleans Hornets center Chris Kaman.
Bucher tweeted the Spurs, along with the Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, and Utah Jazz are all still in contention to land Kaman.
Thus far, the only team to meet with Kaman has been the Pacers when they learned free agent Roy Hibbert was offered a max deal with the Portland Trailblazers. The Pacers haven’t decided if they’ll match the Blazers’ deal on July 11, which means Kaman would be their plan B if they lose Hibbert.
Bucher didn’t specify what kind of deal Kaman is looking for, but he could definitely get more minutes with the Mavericks, Pacers, and Spurs. If you recall, Kaman was allowed to play with Dirk Nowitzki and Germany recently, so he has the Dallas connection, but the Mavs look like a lottery roster right now with their three best players being Nowitzki, Shawn Marion, and Vince Carter.
The Spurs are currently in process of re-signing Tim Duncan, and they too have some room on their roster if they can’t re-sign Boris Diaw, can’t bring in Erazem Lorbek, or if they find a trade partner for DeJuan Blair or Matt Bonner. If you recall, the Spurs were one team rumored to want to pursue Kaman when word came out in March that the Hornets were thinking of buying out his contract.
The Kings and Jazz look to have log jams in their front courts with the Jazz having Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, plus Derrick Favors. The Kings have DeMarcus Cousins, presuming Jason Thompson, and rookie Thomas Robinson, but they might have more money to throw at Kaman than say the Spurs.