Chris Kaman to sign with Lakers
The Lakers announced their intention to sign Kaman, a 7-foot free-agent center who spent the first eight years of his career with the Clippers, in a statement released Monday.
Terms were not disclosed, but sources with knowledge of the deal told ESPN's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne that Kaman agreed to a one-year contract worth the Lakers' mini-midlevel exception amount of just under $3.2 million.
Prior to Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak's announcement, Kaman also confirmed the agreement on Twitter:
It's true, I am going to be going back to LA and it's to play for the Lakers! I am excited about this move and can't wait to play! #Lakers— Chris Kaman (@ChrisKaman) July 8, 2013
Sources told Stein that the Lakers pressed hard to complete a deal with Kaman over the weekend to ensure they have a quality starting center in the wake of Dwight Howard's departure, without impacting their projected 2014 salary-cap space.
It will be Kaman's second straight season on a one-year contract. He had an $8 million deal to be the starter in Dallas last season but spent more than half of every game on coach Rick Carlisle's bench.
He spent the previous season with New Orleans after he was part of the trade that sent Chris Paul to the Clippers.
The 31-year-old Kaman started 52 of his 66 games with the Mavericks, but averaged the fewest minutes of his career because he struggled on the defensive end in Carlisle's system. He scored 10.5 points per game but tied a career low from his rookie season at 5.6 rebounds and had his lowest average in blocks at 0.8.
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Kaman was an All-Star with the Clippers in 2009-10, when he averaged a career-high 18.5 points. He has career averages of 11.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.
The Orange County Register reported Monday afternoon that "barring some late change," World Peace and his $7.7 million salary would be released via amnesty to help the Lakers save approximately $30 million in luxury-tax fees.
Lakers sources indicated to ESPN, however, that the team is still weighing the situation carefully and "looking at everything."
ESPN.com's Marc Stein, ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne and The Associated Press contributed to this report.