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Lakers add C Chris Kaman to 1-year deal

Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski / USA TODAY Sports

Chris Kaman is going back to Los Angeles, this time to join the Los Angeles Lakers on a one-year contract worth the mini mid-level exception worth just under $3.2 million according to a statement released by the team. 

 

The two sides will make the contract official when the NBA Moratorium Period ends July 10 and players can officially sign with teams. Kaman, who was the sixth overall pick in the 2003 draft, began his career with the Los Angeles Clippers, where he played from 2003-2011. He spent last season with the Dallas Mavericks Despite Kaman coming in, Pau Gasol is still expected to start at center with Kaman serving as the primary backup. The two could be on the floor at the same time, but head coach Mike D’Antoni struggled with two true bigs on the floor when Gasol and Dwight Howard paired up. 

The former All-Star played in 66 games last season for the Dallas Mavericks, starting 52 of them and averaged 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 20.7 minutes per game. 

As far as players’ reluctancy to play with Kobe Bryant, Kaman later put that to bed: 

 

It looks like he and Kobe will get along just fine, because Bryant echoed the same sentiment:

 

It’s not a signing that will make waves by any stretch, but the Lakers did what they could and got the best center on the market non named Dwight Howard on an ideal one-year rental as they prepare to clear their books for the 2014 free agency period. 

Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski / USA TODAY Sports

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