Chris Kaman to join Trail Blazers

Updated: July 4, 2014, 9:49 PM ET news services

Free-agent center Chris Kaman has agreed to a two-year, $9.8 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to multiple reports. 

The Blazers had targeted finding a frontcourt player in free agency but were limited by salary-cap constraints. They first pursued Spencer Hawes, but quickly moved on to Kaman when Hawes drew interest from other teams including the Warriors, Clippers and Suns. 

Hawes ultimately agreed to a four-year, $23 million deal with the Clips, sources confirmed to

Kaman, 32, averaged 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in a career-low 18.9 minutes last season. The Lakers often utilized a smaller lineup in games, contributing to his limited minutes. 

Kaman, who was an All-Star in 2010, is expected to back up starting center Robin Lopez

The deal will become official when the league-wide moratorium on signings ends July 10. 

Information from's Arash Markazi was used in this report.



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