All-Star big man Chris Kaman was one of the big names made available on the trading block this year leading up to the deadline — and while Boston and Indiana were the two teams most frequently rumored in connection with the New Orleans Hornets’ veteran, Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Detroit Pistons were engaged in talks to land him as well.
The Pistons, who are 16-27 but shockingly only three games out of the No. 8 East playoff seed, were looking to make their push at the deadline by acquiring another solid big man they could pair with sophomore sensation Greg Monroe. In the end, they came up short.
One proposed trade would have sent the Hornets one of their big contracts, likely Ben Gordon or Charlie Villanueva, and a protected future first-round pick to the Hornets for Kaman. The Hornets made a counteroffer centered around Carl Landry, not Kaman, and were rejected.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Pistons try the buyout market as an avenue to land Kaman, who hails from Michigan and starred at Central Michigan University. If not, there’s always the summer, as Kaman becomes an unrestricted free agent this year.