Is that how the buyout and waiver process works?
Does he have a choice as to where he ends up if he's bought out?
Isnt he essentially a Free Agent where he can choose where he wants to go?
Before you say that he has no choice...if he is bought out...does he really have no choice?
I know that the Amnesty scenario is different....but what's to prevent Kaman and his Agent from complaining to high heaven ( see what Chauncey did after he was thrown under the bus by the Knicks ) until he ends up in Miami or MSG?
Last edited by CableKC; 03-04-2012 at 02:59 AM.
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As I understand a player who is bought out and waived has to wait for the 48 our waiver process to clear waivers. During that time any team far enough under the cap can claim the player and pay his entire remaining salary for the length of his contract. If more then 1 team claims him, the team with the worse record gets him. If no team claims the player he then can choose to play for any team that wants him for a minimum salary.
I don't think any other team but the Pacers are far enough under the cap to claim Kaman so they'd have no competition. It very rarely happens that a player is claimed and most bought out players get to go chase a ring while their old team foots the bill. I think it would be accurate to say that the Pacers are the only team that can keep Kaman from Miami if he's bought out.
Problem is they could be holding teams hostage, especially the Pacers. The Hornets state that they will not buyout Kaman's contract if he isn't dealt by the 15th. This for some teams and mainly the Pacers could cause problems.
If the Pacers can't make a deal with the Hornets by the deadline, what other deals could the Pacers miss out on cause of doing a dance with the Hornets.
Also, If the Pacers can't make a deal for Kaman. The Pacers do another deal(s) and some or all the the cap get spent, then the Hornets could buy him out and the Heat get what they want...and I'm sure Stern would say that it was a business decision if he is ever ask and it will be swept under the rug.
Frank Vogel says "Killer instinct, start strong, build a lead and then step on their throats."
If a trade is not made that will give the Hornets something/anything in return, what do the Hornets have to gain by waiving Kaman? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. After all, they would then end up paying him, whether he plays or not. Therefore, it comes down to whether the Hornets are better with or without Kaman or whether anything else could be gained by retaining him.
I think the Hornets are better with Kaman than without replacement players or picks for him. And by retaining him, he still has a possible value this summer for them through sign-and-trade, no matter how small that chance might be.
So, if Kaman is not traded, then no one gets him... at least not until this summer.