Chris Kaman PF/C POR 2 months ago

Kaman said Thursday that he'd like to return to Portland next season, Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com reports. The Blazers have not announced if they will pick up his $5 million team option.

Kaman was productive off the bench this season, averaging 8.6 points and 6.5 rebounds in only 18.9 minutes per game. It's unclear what direction Portland will go this season, as a number of key players, including Robin Lopez and LaMarcus Aldridge are set to become free agents. Kaman spent much of the season backing up Lopez, but Lopez struggled down the stretch, while third-year center Myers Leonard emerged as an offensive threat. With Leonard seemingly headed for an expanded role next season, it seems unlikely that Portland would hold onto both Lopez and Kaman, and the team is yet to tip its hand as to whether it plans to bring either player back. If Kaman's option is declined, he'll seek his fifth NBA team in as many seasons.

Chris Kaman PF/C POR 2 months ago

Kaman (ankle) managed to log five minutes of action in Game 5's elimination loss to the Grizzlies. He contributed two rebounds.

Kaman finished the regular season averaging 8.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks, but struggled to stay healthy in the Playoffs. He'll head into the offseason after an elimination loss to the Grizzlies in the first round of the Playoffs.

Chris Kaman PF/C POR 2 months ago

Kaman (ankle) was considered probable for Game 4 against the Grizzlies, but ultimately logged a DNP-CD.

Kaman was hopeful to play Monday, but unfortunately did not make it onto the court. Although he's listed as a DNP-CD, there's a high likelihood that the Blazers were just being cautious with the veteran. Fortunately for his team, the Blazers managed to prevent getting swept, which means Kaman will have a chance to return in Game 5.

Chris Kaman PF/C POR 2 months ago

Kaman (ankle) is listed as probable for Game 4 against the Grizzlies on Monday.

Kaman actually played through his ankle sprain in Game 3 on Saturday so it would be a bit surprising if he stayed off the court in Game 4. He's averaging 15.5 minutes on the court in the playoffs thus far and will likely see around that same total Monday if he does in fact play.

Chris Kaman PF/C POR 2 months ago

Kaman (ankle) said Friday that he plans on playing in Saturday's Game 3, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.

Kaman sat out Game 2 after spraining his ankle in practice, but with a few more day to recover he expects to be on the court as the Blazers look to avoid going down 0-3 in the series.

Chris Kaman PF/C POR 2 months ago

Kaman (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's Game 2 against the Grizzlies, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.

Kaman was dealing with a back issue coming into the first round series, but the Blazers are now listing him as "out" with a left ankle injury, which he apparently suffered in practice Tuesday. Kaman posted seven points and six rebounds in 14 minutes in Game 1, and in his absence, expect Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland to pick up some extra run off the bench.

Chris Kaman PF/C POR 2 months ago

Kaman (back) had a solid performance in Game 1 against the Grizzlies, posting seven points, six rebounds, and two assists in 14 minutes of action.

Kaman is playing behind LaMarcus Aldridge and Robin Lopez in the rotation, so seeing 14 minutes per night isn't unexpected. Still, he was able to post solid numbers in limited minutes, and it isn't hard to expect him to continue that trend moving forward.

Chris Kaman PF/C POR 2 months ago

Kaman (back) is listed as probable for Sunday's playoff opener at Memphis.

Kaman has dealt with back issues at times this season, including at the end of the regular season, when he sat out the finale. In the nine games in which he was afforded three-plus days of rest this season, he contributed a modest 6.4 points (on 45 percent shooting), 7.4 rebounds, 0.9 blocks, and 0.8 assists in 18 minutes per outing.

Chris Kaman PF/C POR 2 months ago

Kaman (back) picked up a DNP-Coach's Decision in Wednesday's season finale at Dallas.

In the last six games of the season, Kaman was held out one time for rest purposes and Wednesday due to a lower-back injury. When he did take the court, he managed 6.0 points (on 63 percent shooting), 3.3 rebounds, and 0.8 assists in 12 minutes per outing. His recent workload is a far cry from the 19 per game that he logged this season, meaning he should be plenty rested for Sunday's playoff opener in Memphis. However, his back concern will be something to keep an eye in the meantime.

Chris Kaman PF/C POR 2 months ago

Kaman (back) is expected to sit out Wednesday's game agains the Mavericks, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.

Kaman is still dealing with a lower-back injury, and the Blazers will likely keep him out Wednesday in hopes of having him as close to full strength as possible for the start of the playoffs.