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Aldridge: Blazers "Make Sense" As Partner In Chris Kaman Trade

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David Aldridge of TNT surveys the trade options for New Orleans Hornets center Chris Kaman, who was publicly put on the block this week by the team's GM Dell Demps. He includes the Portland Trail Blazers as one of six teams whose interest in trading for Kaman "would make sense." The names he includes as possible trade pieces might surprise (or horrify) you. ----------------------- The Blazers have a lot of young pieces, like Luke Babbitt and Nolan Smith and Elliot Williams. They have a potential breakout player in Nicolas Batum, who is chapped he didn't get a contract extension, and though the Blazers have always said Batum was off-limits trade wise, they need a long-term solution in the middle to ultimately replace 37-year-old Marcus Camby. They also have an owner who can easily write a $3 million check. (If we were really feeling conspiratorial, they also have a former No. 1 overall pick in the Draft who hasn't been able to stay healthy, and who probably could use a change in scenery to a place with next to no expectations for him.) ----------------------- Aldridge's other sensical Kaman trade partners: Atlanta, Cleveland, Golden State, Houston, Washington. Zach Lowe of SI.com has his list, and he's not seeing a match. ----------------------- Kaman would be a luxury in case Marcus Camby, rebounding everything in site, wears down in this crazy season, or if the backup duo of Craig Smith/Kurt Thomas falls off for whatever reason. The Blazers could start a semi-interesting package with Raymond Felton (an expiring $7.6 million deal) or Jamal Crawford (with a $5.2 million player option for next season), but they need both, and neither holds much appeal for a rebuilding Hornets team. ----------------------- Kaman holds a $14 million expiring contract and will be a free agent at the end of the season. He is 29 years old but has played more than 56 games just once since 2007-2008. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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