The New Orleans Hornets are a young team looking to rebuild around young talent, and that leaves no room for a nine-year veteran like Chris Kaman. Unsurprisingly, the Hornets are now saying publicly that they've explored trade options for the 29-year-old center.
"We've informed Chris that we are looking into possible trades, and he was understanding about the situation," Hornets GM Dell Demps told ESPN. "We're working together on this."
Kaman spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Los Angeles Clippers before being shipped to New Orleans as a throw-in in the Chris Paul blockbuster last month. Kaman has struggled to fit in in New Orleans, both on and off the floor, but the Hornets insist that the trade talks are not a disciplinary measure against the big man.
"It's just something [where] we want to play our young guys," coach Monty Williams said. "We certainly don't want to disrespect Chris at all."
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, possible destinations for the center include Houston, Indiana, Utah and San Antonio. Kaman has averaged 11.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game since breaking into the league in 2003. He was an All-Star in 2010.