Chris Kaman says he took less money to join Lakers

Chris Kaman says he took less money to join Lakers

Postby emplay on Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:57 pm

Hey all,

Got a few words from new Laker Chris Kaman while he’s out on vacation in Hawaii:

Chris Kaman says he took less money to join Lakers
http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakersnow ... 1684.story

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Thanks!

Eric
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Re: Chris Kaman says he took less money to join Lakers

Postby Weezy on Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:01 pm

Well bless his heart for that. No, I'm not being a smart-a**, I actually mean it, we need bodies on this team so we don't forfeit the season. :man10:
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Re: Chris Kaman says he took less money to join Lakers

Postby Barnstable on Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:25 pm

Kay man was probably the best big man that was still available, and in our price range, so it was a great acquisition for us.
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Postby Azndude2190 on Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:26 pm

That makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.At least someone wants to be a Laker.
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Postby lakersyunowin on Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:28 pm

well even though he's pretty much a rental, i wish him the best and hope he does his best for our team.
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Postby pound4pound1 on Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:31 pm

my sources say he was 60% leaning towards China which could have made more money...but at the end of the day, 40% and a chance to have fun with the Lakers helped make his choice


plus, when he went hunting, he saw a guy with a Lakers bumper sticker and KNEW it was a sign from god :jam2:
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Postby lakersyunowin on Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:34 pm

pound4pound1 wrote:my sources say he was 60% leaning towards China which could have made more money...but at the end of the day, 40% and a chance to have fun with the Lakers helped make his choice


plus, when he went hunting, he saw a guy with a Lakers bumper sticker and KNEW it was a sign from god :jam2:


i heard he was eating alphabits cereal and it spelled out 'lakers'
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Re: Chris Kaman says he took less money to join Lakers

Postby Alleyhoops on Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:37 pm

If he can stay relatively healthy, that's a hell of a steal at that price. And a potentially smart move by Kaman. The upcoming free agent class does not include many big men, so he's probably rehearsing for a role on the squad as they move forward past this season. Makes sense for both parties. I'm happy with this.

A better choice than Benoit Benjamin or Michael Olowakandi.
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Postby therealdeal on Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:39 pm

I'm sure he did.

Hopefully this is the start of the train coming back to the Lakers side of the tracks. I was getting sick of all these jerks leaving us. :man10:
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Postby Battle Tested20 on Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:41 pm

Alleyhoops wrote:If he can stay relatively healthy, that's a hell of a steal at that price. And a potentially smart move by Kaman. The upcoming free agent class does not include many big men, so he's probably rehearsing for a role on the squad as they move forward past this season. Makes sense for both parties. I'm happy with this.

A better choice than Benoit Benjamin or Michael Olowakandi.


Exactly.... Kaman has always been a very decent/good player when he's been able to stay on the floor. Hopefully with all the terrible luck we had last year this next year we can be blessed with little to no injuries. (knock on wood)
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Postby abeer3 on Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:27 pm

wish he would have taken the money.
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Postby noobiew on Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:45 pm

We gave Chris Kaman a 3.2 million one year deal, I wonder if Earl Clark would accept this similar deal to stay with us or not? :man5:
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Postby XXIV on Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:50 pm

noobiew wrote:We gave Chris Kaman a 3.2 million one year deal, I wonder if Earl Clark would accept this similar deal to stay with us or not? :man5:


I think the security of having a longer contract was the main issue for him.
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Postby Doc Brown on Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:55 pm

@ChrisKaman: It was a blessing being able to talk to several teams, but made my decision based on choosing a great franchise and a great fit, over money


This is promising going forward. D12 isn't going to drag the franchise down. Hopefully this holds as much weight with other players for now and the future.
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Re: Chris Kaman says he took less money to join Lakers

Postby noobiew on Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:03 pm

XXIV wrote:
noobiew wrote:We gave Chris Kaman a 3.2 million one year deal, I wonder if Earl Clark would accept this similar deal to stay with us or not? :man5:


I think the security of having a longer contract was the main issue for him.


But the second year for Earl Clark is not guaranteed, the Cleveland holds the team option for the 2nd year. Basically its a one year 3.2 mil from the Lakers vs one year deal 4.5 mil from the Cavs.

But nevertheless the Lakers never offer him a contract and they told Earl agent that the Lakers could not offer him a contract until the free agent center Dwight Howard pending re-sign resolved which let the Cavs a chance to move in.
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Re: Chris Kaman says he took less money to join Lakers

Postby gcclaker on Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:48 pm

...maybe Kaman can make it up with an endorsement from Geico? That lizard in their adverts has to go!
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Re: Chris Kaman says he took less money to join Lakers

Postby therealdeal on Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:58 pm

Doc Brown wrote:
@ChrisKaman: It was a blessing being able to talk to several teams, but made my decision based on choosing a great franchise and a great fit, over money


This is promising going forward. D12 isn't going to drag the franchise down. Hopefully this holds as much weight with other players for now and the future.

My thoughts as well. Howard is by and large an anomaly. I don't believe Screamin' A Smith when he says Jim Buss makes the Lakers less attractive as a whole. Everyone with a brain could see we were daring Howard to leave because we didn't really want him here.

Things will change when we get players we respect and believe in. And I think the Lakers will always be able to fall back on being a great organization.
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Re: Chris Kaman says he took less money to join Lakers

Postby JSM on Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:38 pm

Hopefully next summer's list of players who want to play here is much more attractive than this one.

Instead Caveman, maybe Melo for starters.
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Re: Chris Kaman says he took less money to join Lakers

Postby charvin on Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:48 pm

History of the franchise has to mean something still. If it didn't, you would find players teaming up to play ( :man10: unlikely, but yeah...) in cities like Charlotte, Atlanta, etc.

This departure may be seen as a bad thing in the current state of things, but give it a few years, then hopefully, we'll all be able to say, "Oh, that departure really wasn't a bad thing at all, a blessing in disguise actually".
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Postby therealdeal on Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:02 pm

^ Most people are already saying that. :man10:
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Re: Chris Kaman says he took less money to join Lakers

Postby Rooscooter on Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:21 pm

Can he play Small Forward?....

Can any of you?......

........ anyone?.....
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Postby KareemTheGreat33 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:58 am

Pau can play small forward :man9:
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Re: Chris Kaman says he took less money to join Lakers

Postby khmrP on Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:29 am

he might have took less but we could've gotten alot more bang for buck if we had gone after J'Oneal....1yr @ 2mill you kidding me? But I guess since he's knows a little something bout defense, Antoni automatically crossed him off the list.
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Re: Chris Kaman says he took less money to join Lakers

Postby XXIV on Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:48 am

noobiew wrote:
XXIV wrote:
noobiew wrote:We gave Chris Kaman a 3.2 million one year deal, I wonder if Earl Clark would accept this similar deal to stay with us or not? :man5:


I think the security of having a longer contract was the main issue for him.


But the second year for Earl Clark is not guaranteed, the Cleveland holds the team option for the 2nd year. Basically its a one year 3.2 mil from the Lakers vs one year deal 4.5 mil from the Cavs.

But nevertheless the Lakers never offer him a contract and they told Earl agent that the Lakers could not offer him a contract until the free agent center Dwight Howard pending re-sign resolved which let the Cavs a chance to move in.


I was unaware of the team option, in that case the Lakers really should have tried to bring him back. Also, didn't we have his bird rights so we could have offered him more than the 3.2 mil?
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Re: Chris Kaman says he took less money to join Lakers

Postby jlkr on Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:05 pm

Battle Tested20 wrote:
Alleyhoops wrote:If he can stay relatively healthy, that's a hell of a steal at that price. And a potentially smart move by Kaman. The upcoming free agent class does not include many big men, so he's probably rehearsing for a role on the squad as they move forward past this season. Makes sense for both parties. I'm happy with this.

A better choice than Benoit Benjamin or Michael Olowakandi.


Exactly.... Kaman has always been a very decent/good player when he's been able to stay on the floor. Hopefully with all the terrible luck we had last year this next year we can be blessed with little to no injuries. (knock on wood)

That's the reason Kaman was available so cheaply. Not a huge market for older big men who can't stay healthy. If Kaman can stay on the floor, then it's a definite bargain for what he can do. So yes there is risk in this move, on the other hand, it's only for 1 year at $3m and that's doable.
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