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Thursday , Dec , 22 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Sam Dalembert, for now, is Houston’s center

Sources told 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.

For now.

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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Monday , Nov , 28 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Samuel Dalembert: Joining Heat ‘would be fantastic’

Joining the Heat "would be fantastic," Dalembert said Sunday night from Haiti in an interview with FOX Sports Florida. Miami is where more than 50 of his relatives live and is about one hour south of his home in Boca Raton. As for the volunteering part, Dalembert likely would require a big pay cut to join the Heat, which will be over the salary cap. Dalembert, who made $13.43 million last season for Sacramento, might have to sign for the $5 million mid-level exception.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Miami Heat nearly won a championship in 2011 with an ozone-sized hole at center.

Free agent center Samuel Dalembert wants to sign with the Miami Heat, plug that hole, and help Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade take the final step in 2012.

Dalembert, who spent last year in Sacramento, has a considerable size advantage over Joel Anthony and Udonis Haslem, the posts currently on the Heat’s roster.

On some level, Dalembert could fit. However, it’s worth noting that the lanky five was kicked off the Canadian national team and criticized for his work ethic and attitude in Philadelphia.

So the Heat may look elsewhere for reinforcements down-low.

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Thursday , May , 05 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

The Knicks’ dilemma: Sam Dalembert or Chris Paul/Deron Williams?

Carmelo Anthony has returned to the city, and New York may see another basketball homecoming of sorts. Sources close to Knicks president Donnie Walsh say he has targeted Kings 6-foot-11 shot blocker Samuel Dalembert as the likeliest free-agent catch this summer.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Really? That's the plan?

Reports indicate the New York Knicks’ top goal this summer is to sign a blue-collar center. And these same reports suggest the Knicks have targeted, wait for it, the one and only Samuel Dalembert.

Now Dalembert, despite having a limited upside on offense, could, in theory, cover Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire’s defensive shortcomings. So perhaps this isn't such a terrible idea.

However, the economic realities of the NBA, could pose a problem. Suppose they ink Dalmbert to a contract. Suppose Chris Paul and/or Deron Williams play out the final years of their contracts and both become free agents in July of 2012.

Would the Knicks have enough cap room after signing Dalembert to land Paul or Williams, two of the game’s best table-setter?

The answer: probably not. It could be Dalembert or Paul/Williams. If this is the situation, GM Donnie Walsh -or whoever else is running the Knicks- should think carefully about the club's plan.

Signing a mediocre center instead of a world class point guard is unforgivable.

--Oly Sandor.

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