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Lakers To Sign Chris Kaman

(SportsDayDFW/Brad Loper)

(SportsDayDFW/Brad Loper)

By Kevin R. Linares

The Los Angeles Lakers lost some size when Dwight Howard decided to sign with the Houston Rockets and have found someone to replace some of that size for the 2013-2014 season. The Lakers have agreed to sign center Chris Kaman on a one year deal using their mini midlevel exception. Last year Kaman played for the Dallas Mavericks where he averaged 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

The 31 year old center was being looked at by several teams that include the Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings and the New York Knicks before signing with the Lakers. With this signing the Lakers have the option to still look to use Pau at the center in the starting line up, bringing in Kaman as a back up center or having him in the starting line up along side Gasol.┬áPrior to playing with the Mavericks Kaman had played with the Clippers for his first 8 seasons in the NBA and the New Orlean Hornets, now known as the Pelicans…

It has been the Clippers who have been signing former Laker players that include Matt Barnes, Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, Ronny Turiaf and there are now reports that the hometown rivals are having discussions with Antawn Jamison who played for the Lakers this past season. Other NBA free agents that the Lakers are reportedly looking at include Anthony Morrow, Nick Young, Elton Brand, Sasha Vujacic and Lamar Odom. Elton Brand also played for the Mavericks last season along side Kaman. Both Kaman and Brand played together with the Clippers as well. Odom and Vujacic won championships with the Lakers before they were both traded. Like Kaman and Brand, Odom played with the clippers earlier in his career including last season and it would be interesting to see him along side Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol for one last ride.

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Warriors Setting Up For Dwight Howard?

(Getty Images/Doug Pensinger)

(Getty Images/Doug Pensinger)

By Kevin R. Linares

Dwight Howard has reportedly reached a decision of what team he will be joining and will be announcing it on twitter this weekend. The Golden State Warriors were considered a long shot to sign Dwight because of their cap space but have put themselves in position for a possible sign and trade for Howard with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers have made it clear they would not agree to a sign and trade for Howard and would prefer to let him walk clearing up space for 2014 when there will be many high profile free agents. The Warriors do have some players that the Lakers would like to have in Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes but would probably have to take Andrew Bogut and his expiring contract. Last season Thompson, a shooting guard averaged 16.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Barnes, a small forward, in his first year in the NBA averaged 9.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

The Warriors have agreed to a trade of Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush to the Jazz clearing up space for Andre Igoudala to sign with them for 4 years for about $48 million, making them more attractive for Howard as well as making Harrison Barnes more expendable. Would the Lakers agree to a sign and trade for Howard with them getting either Barnes or Thompson along with the expiring contract of Andrew Bogut?

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