Blazers Sign Chris Kaman

JULY 10TH: The deal is official, the team announced.

JULY 3RD, 10:54pm: Sam Amick of USA Today (on Twitter) has the full breakdown.  Kaman gets $4.8MM in year one and $5MM in year two with only $1MM guaranteed.  That gives him a total of $9.8MM if he completes the contract.

10:32pm: The Blazers have reached agreement on a two-year, $10MM deal with Chris Kaman, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (on Twitter).  The second year of the deal is partially guaranteed (link).

Kaman, 32, played in just 39 games last season for the Lakers thanks to a calf injury and averaged 10.4 PPG and 5.9 RPG.  The big man has missed quite a bit of time over the course of his career due to various injuries but has still provided a big presence and double digit scoring in most of his NBA campaigns.  For his career, Kaman has averaged 11.7 PPG with 7.9 RPG.  Kaman’s career PER is a so-so 14.7 but he has comfortably topped that number in each of his last five seasons.

Kaman’s deal might indicate an inflated market for free agent bigs.  Surely, a deal of this size for Kaman bodes well for higher-caliber frontcourt players like Channing Frye and Spencer Hawes.

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