Hornets general manager Dell Demps says the club has decided to pursue a trade for 7-foot veteran center Chris Kaman.

Kaman was excused from New Orleans' home game against the Orlando Magic on Friday night, and Demps writes in an email that the team and Kaman "mutually decided for a number of reasons that we are not going to play Chris" while trade talks get under way.

Kaman was acquired in a multiplayer trade that sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers shortly before the regular season, but has struggled to find a consistent role in New Orleans.

BARGNANI HURTING: Former Denver swingman Linas Kleiza is getting the start for Toronto against the Nuggets on Friday night with Andrea Bargnani sidelined with another calf injury. Bargnani aggravated a strained left calf Wednesday night at Utah. He said this time it's more serious than the previous injury.