Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
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NEW ORLEANS ― Frontcourt player Chris Kaman is expected to return tonight for New Orleans when the Hornets host the Kings.
Yet, when asked about getting Kaman back after the team tried to trade the forward/center, coach Monty Williams sounded less than enthused.
“He’s just a member of our team and we’ll try to put him in the best position we can to help us win games,” Williams said Monday following shoot around.
Kaman wasn’t seen with the team as it left the floor, however.
The Hornets originally shut the 7-foot, 265-pounder down in late January as they attempted to trade him. Williams said at the time that he was trying to get younger players more minutes and experience and that Kaman didn’t fit into that plan.
But on Friday, New Orleans changed direction, sending out a news release saying that Kaman would rejoin the team.
“For a number of reasons, including the team’s decision to give more time to younger players, we had thought it best for Chris to work out on his own at the Alario Center as we made efforts to trade him," Hornets general manager Dell Demps said in the release. "However, following discussions with Chris, we have since concluded that being with the team is better for both Chris and the team, particularly our younger players who benefit from his experience and skill level."
"Chris has been working out daily over the past week at the Alario Center and is in game condition.”
In 17 games before the attempted trade, Kaman averaged 9.2 points and 6.6 rebounds.