Chris Kaman prepares to kill it on and off the court for the Dallas Mavericks

July 12, 2012 in Professional

By Patrick Hayes

Free agent big man and Tri-Unity Christian/Central Michigan great Chris Kaman agreed to a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks last night. Kaman, who played last season with the New Orleans Hornets after spending most of his career with the Los Angeles Clippers, is a former All-Star and decent post-scoring option when healthy. Staying healthy, however, has been his bugaboo as a pro.

On a one-year, make-good type of deal, Kaman, who will turn 31 during the season, the Mavs should be getting a motivated Kaman. He’s aging, but still big enough, talented enough and young enough to fetch one more decent NBA payday if he has a good season. My ESPN TrueHoop Network colleague Rob Mahoney wrote this about the signing at his Dallas Mavericks blog The Two Man Game:

Dallas is very much in the running for an amnestied Elton Brand, among other targets, but the first solidified get is Dirk Nowitzki’s kind-of-German national teammate, Chris Kaman, who according to Marc Stein of, has agreed to terms on a one-year, $8 million deal. There’s not much flare to the pick-up, and not much potential; it’s a move designed solely to keep Dirk sane and the team’s head above water, and Kaman is a useful addition in both regards.

Kaman provides an instant upgrade over Brendan Haywood, who, per ESPN Dallas’ Tim MacMahon, will be amnestied in short order to give the Mavs a chance to properly chase Brand through the amnesty waiver process.

Kaman, meanwhile, who is an avid outdoorsmen is excited to be in Dallas … well … he’s excited in his own unique Chris Kaman way. Via his twitter:





Hopefully, Kaman finds a place to park his catapult too.