Since center Chris Kaman’s reemergence in the Hornets’ starting lineup, trade inquires are picking up from teams interested in acquiring the eight-year veteran, league sources said Thursday.
Chris Kaman, right, has had a double-double in the past two games: 27 points and 13 rebounds against Utah on Monday, and 18 and 10 against Milwaukee on Tuesday, both victories for the Hornets. The Hornets took Kaman off the trade market Feb. 3 and allowed him to rejoin the team after they were not able to obtain what they were seeking in a deal. New Orleans wants young talent and expiring contracts.
With the March 15 trade deadline looming, however, sources say the Hornets are again open to trading Kaman, 7 feet, 265 pounds, if they can find an attractive deal.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future or what’s going to happen in the next five days,’’ Kaman said. “I don’t know if there will be a trade or won’t be one. I just play and try not to worry about it, but it does stress me out a little bit. I go home at night and have some rough nights sleeping once in awhile thinking about it, but it’s out of my control. “I think I’ve shown for eight years what I’m capable of doing.’’
Kaman is averaging 10.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
Foxsports.com reported Thursday that Miami is among the teams interested in acquiring Kaman. But league sources said the Heat has not approached the Hornets.
The Hornets deactivated Kaman last month when they actively sought to trade him, and held him out for six games.
“Every day that I was away from the team, I was working out at the Alario Center,’’ Kaman said. “I had Eric Gordon’s workout guy helping me out, and I was working out with another buddy of mine from Houston. I was just trying to get myself in better shape, because I came in this season not in shape.’’
Kaman has had a double-double in the past two games: 27 points and 13 rebounds against Utah on Monday, and 18 and 10 against Milwaukee on Tuesday, both victories.
Kaman, who will be 30 in April, was acquired with Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 2012 first-round pick from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for All-Star point guard Chris Paul.
A 2010 All-Star, Kaman is scheduled to make $14 million (which is prorated for
the lockout-shortened 66-game schedule) this season, the final year of his contract.