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Tuesday, July 20, 2010
No Dirk-Kaman reunion(s) this summer

By Marc Stein

Dirk Nowitzki's decision to skip this summer’s World Championships in Turkey means that Chris Kaman will stop asking the (relieved) Clippers to let him play for Germany, too.

Had Nowitzki played in Turkey, Kaman badly wanted to join him again.

Sources say that the Mavericks, meanwhile, have continued to register trade interest in Kaman, which happened as recently as earlier this month before Dallas’ flirtations with an Al Jefferson trade and its eventual acquisition of Tyson Chandler.

The Clippers, though, continue to forcefully reject any attempts to acquire Kaman, who became an All-Star center last season and ranks as one of Nowitzki’s closest friends in the league after they co-led Germany to a berth in the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Nowitzki announced in Germany on Tuesday that he plans to return to the national team next season for the 2011 European Championships in hopes of leading his country to qualification for the 2012 Olympics in London.