Blazers Officially Ink Kaman and Blake

Bruce Ely/The Oregonian

Bruce Ely/The Oregonian

As I reported earlier during the NBA Free Agent Moratorium, the Trail Blazers had agreed to sign free agent center Chris Kaman for the full mid-level exception. What was not reported then, but rather just this morning was Blazer GM Neil Olshey’s decision to sign former Blazer guard Steve Blake to a 2-year, $4.2 million contract, the full bi-annual exception.

Blake, who has already served two previous stints in the Portland area, started last season with the Los Angeles Lakers but was traded mid-season to the Golden State Warriors. He averaged seven points and six assists per game in 55 showings last season.

While he won’t provide the same scoring Mo Williams was able to last season for the Trail Blazers, expect him to score anywhere from seven to 10 points per game while dishing out five to seven assists per game. Also, one thing that can’t be seen on stat sheets is the toughness and defensive tenacity he is known to provide. He is a solid addition to the roster, especially given his price.

I won’t detail Kaman in this article, as I have already done so.

How do you feel about these two moves? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

~BlazersBySagar | Twitter

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Blazers Sign Kaman for MLE

Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports

Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports

It was reported earlier this evening that the Trail Blazers signed C Chris Kaman to a two-year, $10 million contract. Kaman, now at the age of 32 years old, has played for five different teams over the last five seasons, most recently the Los Angeles Lakers. With the Lakers, he averaged 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, but only had 39 appearances all season. His lack of playing time was due to both injury and coaching decisions.

Kaman will be payed a fully guaranteed $4.8 for the first year on his contract. His second year is slated to give him $5 million, but only $1 million is guaranteed. If he is waived, the Trail Blazers will only lose the $1 million in cap space rather than the full MLE.

This signing will add to large but weak big-man rotation, joining the likes of F LaMarcus Aldridge, F Thomas Robinson, C Joel Freeland, C Meyers Leonard, and C Robin Lopez.

How do you guys feel about the Kaman signing? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time,

~BlazersBySagar | Twitter