Chris Kaman has heard the rumors, because as he said after practice Wednesday, it was impossible not to hear all the trade chatter that had him a part of the deal in which the Clippers would send him to New Orleans for Hornets point guard Chris Paul.
The normally talkative Kaman didn’t speak at media day Tuesday, saying he didn’t want to talk about the trade speculation involving him. The talks appear to be dead again.
Kaman said he understands how this works after seven years in the NBA.
“This is a business and they [Clippers management] can do anything they want to do to make their business-life better and you’ve just got to deal with it,” Kaman said. “So for me, I’ve just got to keep playing, try to help my team, the team I’m on right now. And if something happens where they have to make a decision to do something different, then that’s their decision. I can’t control that.”
Kaman was asked if he wanted to be with the Clippers.
“Yeah, I’m happy with the position I’m in right now,” Kaman said.
The Clippers said that Chauncey Billups, whom they acquired Sunday by winning the waiver auction bid after the New York Knicks used the new amnesty provision on him, was in town Wednesday getting his physical.
The Clippers also said that Billups will be at practice Thursday.
-- Broderick Turner
Photo: Clippers Chris Kaman looks to pass between Phoenix's Robin Lopez, left, and Amare Stoudemire in 2010.Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times