Sam Dalembert, for now, is Houston’s center
Sources told ESPN.com that Dalembert has agreed to a two-year deal worth $13.7 million — $7 million this season and $6.7 million in 2012-13. But the Rockets have a team option for the second season that would allow them to buy out of the contract for a fee of $1.5 million.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Samuel Dalembert isn’t Yao Ming or Pau Gasol, but he’ll do.
The Houston Rockets, who twice tried to acquire Gasol as part of the nixed Chris Paul trade, have inked Dalembert to a two-year, $13 million pact.
This is a decent move, as the Rockets have a massive hole in the middle with Ming retiring due to injuries.
Dalembert will plug that hole, defend the paint, block shots, and rebound. However, his offensive game is limited and there were concerns about attitude in Philadelphia and with the Canadian national team.
Of course, if Dalembert doesn’t fit or there’s a better option available, the Rockets buy him out next July for the paltry sum of $1.5 million and move on.
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