According to this LA Times story, Chris Kaman doesn't seem all that enthused about the Clippers' massive $50 million offer to him- here's an excerpt:
The Clippers are not expected to offer Kaman much more because of salary-cap concerns, and Kaman intimated he and agent Rob Pelinka had envisioned a higher average salary. As the Clippers prepared to play the Phoenix Suns in an exhibition tonight at US Airways Center, Kaman was the center of attention.
"I'm not going to go for what's under market value for my position after how I performed last year and what I know I'm capable of," said Kaman, who also declined to discuss specifics of the offer after practice. "If we don't get something done, we can always wait until the summer and see what happens then."
Kaman, who has a salary of almost $3.5 million in the final season of his current contract, would receive a raise to about $8.5 million in the first year of the new offer, which Dunleavy presented to Pelinka on Sunday night after owner Donald T. Sterling, General Manager Elgin Baylor and Andy Roeser, executive vice president, agreed last week on a package that would average $10 million.
At the prodding of Baylor and Dunleavy, Sterling, who in the past has let the market set the worth of the team's restricted free agents, took a proactive approach in approving the major offer to Kaman.
However, it might not be enough.
Responding to reporters' questions about his situation, Kaman repeatedly referenced the contracts of centers Samuel Dalembert of the Philadelphia 76ers and Tyson Chandler of the New Orleans Hornets.
In August 2005, Dalembert signed a six-year, $64-million extension and Chandler received a six-year, $63-million contract from the Chicago Bulls, who traded him to the Hornets in a multiplayer deal in July.
Neither player has been as productive overall as Kaman, who had personal-best averages of 11.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.38 blocked shots last season while shooting 52.3% from the field and 77% from the free-throw line.
The 76ers rewarded Dalembert after he averaged 8.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.68 blocked shots. In Chandler's best season before his extension, he averaged 8.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.76 blocked shots.
"I know what guys have gotten most recently with Dalembert and Tyson Chandler," Kaman said. "I know what they did in their years when they got paid, and I think my numbers are probably a little bit better in some areas."
Based on his opinion about his standing in the game, Kaman is believed to be seeking a five-year contract averaging at least $11 million a season — more than Dalembert and Chandler.
But with Kaman at an average of $11 million, the Clippers would approach the luxury-tax threshold if they, as planned, offer a multiyear extension to backup point guard Shaun Livingston before the 2007-08 season.
"Honestly, I think this was a very significant offer that was made to Chris, and we'd obviously like to see this get done," Dunleavy said. "We think it would be in the best interest of our club and best for Chris as well, but there is a deadline."
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Personally I think Dalembert is a more effective player than Kaman at this point. Chris is better at offense but Dalembert is a simply a beast defensively. None the less I think Dalembert is overpaid. If Kaman turns down this offer it's going to be a dark cloud hanging over the season for sure.
In my opinion there's no discussion that Kaman deserves more money than Dalembert...He is a potential AllStar because although, perhaps he's not the best defender in the world, in the offense he's a beast and he will continue growing specially scoring...He must be our center for several years.He's a good and special guy and if he played in a worse team his numbers would be increased...With the Clippers he's the fourth option after EB,Sam,Corey and maybe Cat, and I'm sure that he knows that he can score much more. Dalembert maybe is a beast in the defense but in offense he's similar to a potato.He only knows to jump...In fact I think that Steven Hunter could do a similar job than Dalembert
Ok...5 years, $50 million...my limited math skills say that's $10 million a season. When is an athlete going to be satisfied making at least $9.9 million more than most normal people make every year? I love Kaman and believe he's a huge part of the Clippers success, but if he doesn't take this offer, then he'll just be another greedy athlete. Players need to start thinking about the team more and putting the team first. $10 million a season is more than fair (and plenty for a "simple" guy like Kaman) and it allows the Clippers to sign Livingston long term. Hopefully, Kaman doesn't feel like he has to hold out for more and put not only this season in jeopardy, but the future of the Clips in jeopardy too. I don't know about everyone reading this...but I'd be very impressed with a $10 million dollar offer; where do I sign???? GO CLIPPERS!
In a team like the Clippers where there are so many offensive options maybe a center who focuses mainly on defense & rebounding would be the best fit. And if Kaman & his agent wants to play games with comparisons- what about Alonzo Mourning? He's making $1.1 million because he wants to go for the champsionship again with the Heat. $10 million/year is huge- and a lot of fans would really get on his case if he does turn it down. He needs to think about the team more like BB said. Frankly I think the Clippers are overly generous- I mean that's like an all-star level salary for someone who is turnover-prone and whose decision-making is suspect at times. Plus I just haven't seen him dominate too many centers to be earning that much. I'm a fan of Kaman but I mean come on, he's gotta be more appreciative of this huge offer than what he has shown.
BTW 82games.com show Kaman is "worth" $6.54 million:
With the amount that they're overpaying centers today, I don't blame Kamen. Just look at Nene and Dalembert and they're not even close to the potential Kamen has. Centers are just too short in supply. But I thought Kamen would take a paycut to player on a competitive team. Just look at GP or Zo, they're on the Heat for the championship, not for a paycheck.