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Kings in the lead for Dalembert?

Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:00 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2011 2:00 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Samuel Dalembert is maybe the top free agent prize left on the market, especially in terms of big men. And there are two teams in desperate need of a center -- the Rockets and the Kings.

The Rockets saw Yao retire, their trade for Pau Gasol fall apart at the feet of David Stern and their offer to Marc Gasol get matched. The Kings had to void the contract of their new center Chuck Hayes because of a heart issue. That leaves them both in need of a big man, but right now, Sacramento might have the leg up.

Kings general manager Geoff Petrie was asked about re-signing Dalembert and he told the Sac Bee, "We've stayed in touch with him periodically along the way. We'll see what develops here in the next few days and go from there."

The Kings have money to spare as they're about $13 million under the cap after the deal for Hayes fell through. Dalembert is going to require more than the Hayes deal did however. And it seemed like Sacramento was content on letting Dalembert walk before Hayes failed his physical.

What about the Rockets? Aren't they about to offer Dalembert? reports that the Rockets are "taking a pass" on Dalembert for the moment, which leaves the door open for a return to Sacramento. The other teams in the running have been the Heat and maybe the Timberwolves, but it's looking unlikely that either of those would really be in the mix.

With the market being so thin but two teams in desperate need of Dalembert's rebounding and shot blocking, the prize is being driven up and down at the same time. Dalembert was one of the more overpaid players last season, but could certainly be a major impact player for whoever he signs for.

The Rockets saying they're moving on means that they haven't been able to get Dalembert to their number and are hoping that he'll see how thin the market is and come back to accept their offer. At least that's how I'd guess this is going down.

As for the Kings, they need a center as well, but like the Rockets, are looking for a value get. Going to be tough landing that in Dalembert but right now, they're options are limited.
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Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:25 pm

Kings in the lead for Dalembert?

You know, I'm not even sure that there are 6-8 media centers that are going to be able to draw the big guys anymore. Now that they are more intersted in lifestyle than money, you don't see guys saying they want traded to Boston. New York City (Knicks and Nets), Los Angeles (Lakers and I think Clippers are going to be a draw if they dish out the bucks too) and Miami. So you have 4 teams that are the A-List because of their location and the lifestyle they can provide.

Then you have the B-List which are the teams that can pick up the A-List throw aways and use money to draw players away. Boston and Dallas come to mind. (Anybody want to add to the B-List? I'm sure I'm missing someone.)

The the rest are the NBA development teams to prepare players for the A- and B-List teams.

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:30 pm

Kings in the lead for Dalembert?

There will always be a place for a big that can play defense and rebound a little.
Now that the "big media centers" have gotten all the players they want this year, the little fish can go about overpaying.
What a screwed up system. Well done Stern. You no longer have a league, you have 6-8 teams that can compete every year. The rest are just there to draft and develop players. So that when they are ready, the large market teams can give very little and get back a superstar.
Yoiu actually have to wonder why everybody thinks your league is fixed?

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:18 pm

Kings in the lead for Dalembert?

I agree with you guys. He's going to be able to get the big bucks because there isn't anyone else to sign. By default, he can demand more money just because there are no other options. According to the Head-to-Head Fantasy ratings for Centers, he is ranked #21, but Hayes was ranked #17 and since he is out, that would make Dalembert #20. With 30 teams, that would make him a starter for a lot of teams. (Now I don't know how reliable these ratings are - it is updated with Odom playing for Dallas so it is up-to-date, but they have Greg Oden ranked as the #43 best center and he might not even play this year!)

But, I hope the signs with the Kings and has a great year. He ended up my backup Center for my Fantasy team... by default.

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:43 pm

Kings in the lead for Dalembert?

Dalembert has been the most overpaid "big man" I have seen i na while.  He makes Manute Bol look capable on the offensive side of tings.  Blocked shots and rebounds at 7'0" are nice, but what happened to the day when centers actually were counted on to score?   How many millions a year for an over-sized guy that should be coming off the bench as last resort?

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:39 pm

Kings in the lead for Dalembert?

My God, Samuel Dalembert has multiple suiters? Seriously? Wow, the NBA is a joke.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 5:25 pm

Kings in the lead for Dalembert?

The Kings are hardly hurting at center. In Sacramento he is second fiddle to the man-child Demarcus Cousins.....who is rapidly becoming a dominant force in the NBA.

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