Lakers Sign Chris Kaman

July 12 2013 at 3:49pm CDT By Luke Adams

FRIDAY, 3:49pm: The Lakers have formally announced the Kaman signing, making it official.

MONDAY, 3:40pm: Kaman will get the Lakers' mini mid-level exception, according to Ramona Shelburne of (via Twitter). Assuming Kaman receives the full amount of the exception, he'll earn a one-year salary of $3,182,700.

3:13pm: The Lakers and free agent big man Chris Kaman have agreed to terms on a one-year contract, reports's Marc Stein (via Twitter).

Because they're an over-the-cap team, the Lakers can only sign free agents using the mini $3.18MM mid-level exception or the minimum-salary exception. Coming off a one-year, $8MM deal with the Mavericks, Kaman will presumably sign for more than the veteran's minimum, but the terms of the deal have yet to be reported.

It goes without saying that Kaman wasn't the Lakers' top target among free agent centers this summer, but the 31-year-old remains relatively productive. In 66 contests for the Mavericks last season, he averaged 10.5 PPG and 5.6 RPG in just 20.7 MPG. The Landmark Sports client also shot 50.7% from the floor and recorded a 16.3 PER.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported yesterday that there was mutual interest between the Lakers and Kaman.

8 thoughts on “Lakers Sign Chris Kaman

    1. Now sure how Kaman is a joke, he’s a 7 footer who’s a career 12 and 8 with a good jump shot. He’ll stretch the floor in the mid range and allow Pau to operate in the low post when he plays and Jordan Hill to get in and clean the boards when he plays.

  1. Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

    1. I don’t think so…. I think the Lakers will be a hell of a lot more competitive this year without all those injuries….. Dwight is easier to replace than what people think.. the true key is to pick up a bench

      1. “Dwight is easier to replace than what people think”

        This simply isn’t true, especially on the defensive end. Howard by himself can take a bad defense team to slightly above average, that’s huge over the course of a season. If he only played offense he’d be easier to replace than people think but it’s a two way game.

        “the true key is to pick up a bench”

        Which is really hard to do since they now only have the Vet minimum to offer. They have to somehow find a starting and back up SF, and if one of them can’t backup SG they need someone to backup Meeks until Kobe comes back, all on vet mins.

  2. what wrong with this sign, we arent going to get anything better with the cap we have. plus he not a bad player. who else is out there who can be a 10 and 5 guy on the cheap.

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