Bar all other moves for the supposed possibility of a 50 game season - the Raptors need to take a run at Chris Kaman.
The Clippers are:
2) Have D'Andre Jordon as the 5 of the future playing beside Blake
3) Have a decent bench back up in Jake V.
4) Could use any number of the types of players the Raptors have off the bench.
Kaman is in the last year of a $12.5M large and probably wants another large 3 year deal in the same range. Say $12M or more.
The Raptors have:
1) Cap room to add $12- 14M per season for 3 - 4 more years *
2) Need this type of player to solidify D
3) Need a mentor down the road for Jonus V
4) Need the true 5 to focus the offense around DeRozan/Davis support in the short term with the big three in the mid long term assuming we keep the core of Derozan/Davis/Vally
* the cap hit absorbed assuming the $11M - 4 years for Barges is swapped over for Kaman.
If the Raptors can trade Barges for Kaman it is win win scenerio for both players and both teams:
Clippers get a skilled player of size to play a different look than Jordon/Blake and get contract certainty for 4 more years.
Raptors get the true 5 to play and then play/mentor their overall number 1.
Further he is another Euro big and will help the draft pick settle into the NBA game and North Amercia so we dont loose that in loosing Barges.
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His main asset for Germany, though, is his rebounding. Nowitzki is 7 feet tall, but he does like to spend a lot of time on the perimeter, leaving Kaman to do a lot of dirty work on the boards. Kaman doesn't disappoint, as he has led Germany in rebounding for the tournament and gotten the team some much needed garbage points. Germany's offense is prone to stalling out because they don't have a lot of ball movement, so Kaman's rebounds provide a much needed boost at exactly the right time.
Has Kaman recovered from his injuries? Mostly, I'd say. He's not as aggressive as I've seen him be in the past, but even so, he knows how to utilize his skills well. Even if he never reaches the All-Star level he was once at, he would still be extremely helpful to Griffin on the other side of the paint.