The Miami Heat are holding out hope that a Mike Bibby situation takes place with Chris Kaman. Only, they hope that Kaman does not play as bad as Mike Bibby did last season for the Heat.
The search continues for another center to complement the undersized Joel Anthony. Eddy Curry and Dexter Pittman are just not getting the job done. We have heard about the Heat interest in Joel Pryzbilla for a while, but nothing has happened on that front yet.
Heat president Pat Riley has inquired about Kaman’s availability. Kaman’s contract is $14 million this year, the last year on his contract. That will make it very hard for the Heat to acquire the centers services through trade.
The prevailing thought in Miami however is that if no team ponies up what the Hornets want, they will be forced to buy his contract out. At that point, the Heat would likely emerge as favorites to land the free agent center.
The center was the sixth overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. It was rumored then that Riley preferred Kaman and his size over Dwyane Wade. Obviously Riley made the right decision with Wade.
If the Heat were to acquire Kaman, they would then have 4 of the top 6 picks in the 2003 NBA Draft. Lebron James went number 1 overall, Bosh 4th, Wade 5th, and Kaman 6th.
This was an interesting line that caught my attention on NBC Miami:
The Heat cannot talk with Kaman himself due to NBA tampering rules, so Riley has been speaking with “people who know Kaman,” according to Fox Sports. The Heat aren’t believed to have the right pieces to send to the Hornets in a trade, so the team will have to wait and hope that another team does not swoop in with a deal New Orleans can’t refuse.
Pat Riley is a very smart man. He has assembled arguably one of the best rosters in NBA history. If he is able to somehow get Kaman to Miami, we can remove the arguably out of that previous statement.