Last night, ESPN reported that the New Orleans Hornets were shopping Chris Kaman, who was part of the Chris Paul package from the Los Angeles Clippers. The Heat have a solid center in Joel Anthony, who has had a great season so far, but should they trade for Chris Kaman?
Kaman was just an All-Star in 2010 and is looking for a place to revive his career. Spo could adjust his lineup depending on who they are playing. The nights they need size, they can choose to start Kaman. Spo can use Anthony at times where he is always efficient on the floor. Plus, getting him more rest would be fantastic for the Heat’s depth, especially as Eddy Curry gets back into NBA shape.
The question would be, who do the Heat trade to get him? The Heat are known for trading draft picks and that would definitely be a part of any package the two teams agree on. Miami would also probably have to include Mike Miller, James Jones, Shane Battier, or Udonis. Realistically, Mike Miller is most likely to go. He is a great player, but has struggled to stay healthy. James Jones would be a huge steal for New Orleans because he’s a veteran who is still eager to have a big role. The Hornets are just the team for him. Udonis is a leader and Riley wanted Battier as the savvy vet, so both of them are highly likely to stay.
The Heat would probably be more effective with Kaman, just because he gives them a rebounding presence they don’t have and need. Waiting for Mike Miller to develop may not be worth it, and having a big man will secure someone to cover Dwight Howard or Spencer Hawes. Management needs to think about it because it could be highly beneficial in the long run.