According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Trail Blazers have reached an agreement with Chris Kaman for a 2-year/$10 million contract. Kaman, an 11-year veteran, played in 39 games for the Los Angeles Lakers last season. While I am not thrilled with this decision, things could certainly be worse. Capable free agents have been committing to teams left and right, leaving the Trail Blazers in somewhat of a disadvantageous position. This will be the Trail Blazers biggest move this offseason.
On the bright side, Kaman shoots the ball well from just about anywhere within the three-point line. Portland desperately needs offense off the bench—especially in the frontcourt. He is also a passable individual defender. At 7’0” tall with decent timing for contesting shots, he has potential to affect a great many of them while thriving in Portland’s system. Potential. Again, I am not in love with this move on paper, but then again, it is not as if the Trail Blazers had a large pool of suitable candidates for the money they could offer in free agency.
2013-2014 per game averages: 10.4 PTS, 5.9 TRB, 1.5 AST, 1.0 BLK
Kaman’s signing (to be completed on July 10th) means that Portland has but one avenue remaining to sign another free agent: the bi-annual exception. This would probably be best used on a point guard if the Non-Bird exception is not enough to keep Mo Williams, or not at all. If the cards fall that way, Steve Blake’s attractiveness has increased, having played with LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum in years past, and Kaman during the first half of the 2013-2014 season. He is a smart veteran that can gel quickly.