Looks like the Lakers have their backup plan, now that Dwight Howard is Houston bound.
Free agent center Chris Kaman and the Lakers have agreed to a one-year deal, according to a report by ESPN.com on Monday.
Kaman was the sixth pick in the 2003 draft and played his first eight NBA seasons with the Clippers. Since then, he's spent a year in New Orleans, where he was dealt as a part of the Chris Paul trade, and another in Dallas. He peaked production-wise in 2009-10, when he averaged 18.5 points and 9.3 rebounds for a struggling Clippers team. Last season in Dallas, he averaged 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds, starting 52 of the 66 games in which he played.
Kaman, 31, would be a valuable veteran presence on a Lakers team that may have to rely on less experienced (read: cheap) players to fill its bench. However, the Lakers have only veteran's minimum contracts and their "mini" mid-level exception of 3.18 million to spend, and Kaman would be in for a massive pay cut if he were to sign ...