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Chris Kaman Joins NBA’s Lakers as Free Agent After Howard’s Exit

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July 9 (Bloomberg) -- Free-agent center Chris Kaman said he’s returning to Los Angeles as a member of the Lakers, who are seeking a replacement for Dwight Howard.

The 7-foot (2.13-meter) Kaman spent his first eight National Basketball Association seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers after being selected with the sixth pick in the 2003 draft. He was with the New Orleans Hornets in 2011-12 and played last season with the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds a game.

“It’s true, I am going to be going back to LA and it’s to play for the Lakers,” Kaman said last night on his Twitter page. “I am excited about this move and can’t wait to play.”

Kaman, 31, has averaged 11.8 points and 8.0 rebounds over his 10-year NBA career.

Howard, a seven-time All-Star center and three-time NBA defensive player of the year, announced last week that he’s joining the Houston Rockets after one season with the Lakers. NBA players can agree on contracts, though they can’t sign until July 10, when the league’s moratorium on trades and signings is lifted.

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