Chris Kaman agrees to one-year contract with the Lakers.
Chris Kaman agreed to a one-year, $3.2-million deal with the Lakers three days after Dwight Howard spurned them to sign with Houston.
[Updated, 4:30 p.m.: Kaman represents the Lakers’ “mini” mid-level exception, their only free-agent tool of note this summer. They can offer players only minimum salaries ($1.4 million at most) to fill out the rest of their bench.]
Kaman, 31, averaged only 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 66 games with Dallas last season. He was a part-time starter and missed 10 games because of a concussion.
Kaman won’t come close to reproducing Dwight’s influence defensively, but offensively he’s a more than capable post player. His best year in the NBA was in 2010, when he made the All-Star Game as a Los Angeles Clipper.