The Los Angeles Lakers and Chris Kaman have “mutual interest” according to Adrian Wojnarowski:
[pullquote]As Dwight Howard leaves Los Angeles, the Lakers and free-agent center Chris Kaman have a growing mutual interest, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Several other teams have expressed interest in Kaman, including Golden State, Atlanta, Sacramento and New York, sources said.
Discussions are still in the formative stages, but Kaman has a reputation as a hard-working, dependable 7-footer who can fill a needed role.
Kaman played his first eight NBA seasons for theLos Angeles Clippers, and a return to Southern California to join the Lakers has strong appeal to him, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.[/pullquote]
While Laker fans may not be overly excited at the prospect of signing Kaman, they have to remember that the Lakers are going to have to try and fill roster spots mostly by offering players the veterans minimum. They do have the mini-mid level exception at $3.2 million, but that can only be used once. Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss will also most likely only be looking to hand out one-year deals to players in order to preserve their 2014 cap space.
The 31-year-old Kaman averaged 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season for the Dallas Mavericks.