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Report: Rockets sign Dalembert to 2-year deal

Posted on: December 21, 2011 5:29 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 5:36 pm
Posted by Ben Golliversamuel-dalembert

The Houston Rockets just landed their 145th choice for a center. Throw the parade. reports that the Rockets have inked free agent center Samuel Dalembert to a 2-year deal.
The Houston Rockets have reached terms on a new contract with free-agent center Samuel Dalembert, according to sources close to the situation. Sources told that Dalembert has agreed to a two-year deal. The value of the contract was not immediately known. 
Yahoo Sports reports the following contractual details: "Dalembert's 2-year deal with Houston pays $7 million in 2011-12 with a team option for $7 million in 2012-13, sources say. If option declined, [there is a] $1.5 million buyout."

The news comes one day after the Sacramento Kings had reportedly emerged as the leader for Dalembert's services.

Kings president Geff Petrie issued a terse, one-sentence press release on Wednesday: "The Sacramento Kings today announced that the team has withdrawn its offer to free agent center Samuel Dalembert, according to Kings’ President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie."

Translation: "He's going to Houston? We never wanted him anyway!" Gee whiz, guys, no hard feelings. 

Dalember to Houston comes after a tumultuous two weeks of searching for the Rockets, who had hoped to be major players in a free agency market loaded with big men. Looking to fill the hole left by the retirement of franchise center Yao Ming, the Rockets watched Tyson Chandler and Nene Hilario sign elsewhere. They extended an offer sheet to Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, only to watch him re-sign in Memphis. To add insult to those injuries, a 3-team trade that would have landed Los Angeles Lakers All-Star big man Pau Gasol fell apart when NBA commissioner David Stern, acting as owner of the New Orleans Hornets, nixed it multiple times.

Dalembert, 29, isn't the worst consolation prize, although he's no All-Star. A 9-year NBA veteran who spent his entire career with the Philadelphia 76ers before landing in Sacramento last season. His career averages: 8.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:48 pm

Report: Rockets sign Dalembert to 2-year deal

I like Sam Dalembert. He is a good big body defender and rebounder. He is not savior. The fans from Houston must step back and look at this roster and coaching staff and think they have been transplanted from Minnesota. They could compete for worst in the West. Start with the coaching staff which has been hired from being fired by Minnesota. Then puzzle that the coach they let go now coaches in Minnesota. And some are saying GM Morley has been influenced by GM Kahn. In short, the Rockets are short. They are short a real center. They are short an experienced backup power forward. They are short a real point guard. They are playing a short shooting guard. They are playing a short small forward. They hope that the rookies and 2nd year players grow quickly. Haven't we seen this before up north?

At least Thabeet is not the starting center. Chase Budinger is a terrific athlete. But at a generous 6'7" and 218 he is woefully undersized. Marcus Morris is also a small forward and may be starting before the year is over. Patrick Patterson should be ready to play a reserve role this year behind Scola (one of my favorite players but, you guessed it, short for his position.) Houston does not have a problem - it has multiple problems. without coach Adelman the shortfalls will be more noticeable this year and we anticipate a long year for a shortened season.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:05 pm
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:37 am

Report: Rockets sign Dalembert to 2-year deal

Agreed Rob. That trade would have been terrible for the Rockets. Wish they could have signed Nene, but Dalembert will more than fill the void.

Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 7:51 pm

Report: Rockets sign Dalembert to 2-year deal

I think Dalembert, Scola, Martin, dragic, and a first round pick is better than just Gasol. They are lucky that trade was nixed IMO

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 7:01 pm

Report: Rockets sign Dalembert to 2-year deal

Sam Dalenbert will help the Rockets and he's not a bad pick-up. Considering that they don't need him to score, he should be a good complementary player. The problem with Dalembert is that he could be so much better. He's a good defensive player with a decent shot. But he just doesn't give a consistent effort- especially on the boards. He should average a minimum of 10 rebounds a game. He also gets too wrapped up in his scoring numbers and how many touches he's getting. If he could forget all that and just play ball and play hard, he'd do so much better. 

In a shortened season, he'll probably give the Rockets another 5 wins. Not bad, but it should be 10.

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 6:09 pm

Report: Rockets sign Dalembert to 2-year deal

Yeah, they're complete to compete... for Lottery pick...

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 5:49 pm

Report: Rockets sign Dalembert to 2-year deal

he is not the best in the position, but he will complement the team, good job rockets, the team is now complete..

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