Before Thursday’s deadline, the Pistons offered one of their big contracts — probably Charlie Villanueva or Ben Gordon, in addition to a future protected first-round pick — in exchange for Kaman, who attended Central Michigan from 2000-03.
The Hornets countered by offering forward Carl Landry for Jason Maxiell and the Pistons’ first-round pick this season, with no lottery protection. Both Kaman and Landry are in the last year of their contracts, while Maxiell has a player option for next season at $5 million.
These are some of the details I was looking for earlier, but we still don’t know much – although only a Ben Gordon-for-Chris Kaman trade, not a Charlie Villanueva-for Kaman trade, would have worked without other players involved. What type of protection was on the pick is the key detail missing. Though, I guess it doesn’t matter. The Hornets rejected the offer.
And their counteroffer, to me, indicates that the Hornets weren’t seriously interested. If they thought trading Kaman for a bad contract and a protected first-round pick was workable, why not talk about tweaking that rather than floating a proposal the Pistons would surely reject?
I’m not privy to any more information than Goodwill provided, but besides the headline of his article and his tweet that uses the same wording, I see no evidence that the Pistons “nearly landed” Kaman. Maybe they did. Maybe they didn’t. I don’t know. Kudos to Goodwill for uncovering the details of the offers. That’s genuinely good reporting. But his article didn’t provide enough evidence to convince me the Pistons actually got close to completing the trade.