Hornets sit Kaman, waiting to trade him
NEW ORLEANS (AP)
Kaman was excused from New Orleans' home game against the Orlando Magic on Friday night, and Demps, who was traveling, said in a written statement during the game that the team and Kaman ''mutually decided for a number of reasons that we are not going to play Chris'' while trade talks get underway.
Kaman was acquired in a multi-player trade that sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers shortly before the regular season began, and the 29-year-old big man has struggled to find a consistent role in New Orleans.
Kaman has started six games and played in 17, averaging 9.2 points and 6.6 rebounds. He is also in the final year of a contract that pays him about $14 million this season, making him an attractive trade target for teams looking for both an experienced center and a large expiring contract that will help clear salary cap space at the end of the season.
''We had a conversation with Chris and expressed that the Hornets are going to go in a different direction,'' Demps said. ''Chris has been the ultimate professional during this process and we thank him for the way he has handled the situation.''