Tag:Samuel Dalembert
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:12 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2011 12:50 am

Kings sign Chuck Hayes after heart scare

Posted by Ben Golliverchuck-hayes-kings

On, then off, and now back on again. One of the NBA's scariest stories in recent memory reportedly just found a happy ending. 

The Sacramento Kings have reportedly agreed to sign center Chuck Hayes to a 4-year contract less than one week after a previous deal was voided when the team announced he failed his physical. SI.com and Yahoo Sports report the new deal is worth $22 million over four years.

The Kings confirmed later Thursday night that the team had "an agreement in principle" with Hayes on "a multi-year contract" but did not disclose the details. 

Last week, the Kings and Hayes agreed to terms on a 4-year deal reportedly worth $21 million. On Monday, Kings president Geoff Petrie announced that "in one of the most heartbreaking moments" of his career he had to void the deal because Hayes could not get medical clearance. Reports in Sacramento indicated that a heart condition was the cause of the deal snag.

On Thursday morning, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported that Hayes had received clearance on his heart from the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. That news paved the way for his agent to re-open free agency talks. The Kings, who were unable to re-sign center Samuel Dalembert, were obviously still interested in Hayes, who they had originally managed to pry away from the Houston Rockets

Hayes, 28, is a 6-year NBA veteran known as an undersized big man with a major motor. His career averages: 4.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in 424 NBA games.

Hayes will join a Sacramento frontline that also includes DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson, Donte Greene, and J.J. Hickson.
Posted on: December 21, 2011 5:29 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 5:36 pm

Report: Rockets sign Dalembert to 2-year deal

Posted by Ben Golliversamuel-dalembert

The Houston Rockets just landed their 145th choice for a center. Throw the parade.

ESPN.com 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 ESPN.com 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.
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:00 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2011 2:00 pm

Kings in the lead for Dalembert?

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? NBA.com 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.
Posted on: November 28, 2011 3:09 pm

Sam Dalembert and the Heat share mutual interest?

Posted by Royce Young

Everybody's favorite game is back now that the lockout is (sort of) over: Fill out the Heat's roster! Last summer, it was a mad dash for Pat Riley to fit in pieces around LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. He did it by using his mid-level exception on Mike Miller and then piled in veteran minimum contracts to go with a few rookie deals.

It worked, and it didn't work. The Heat reached The Finals, but they definitely were missing an inside presence. Joel Anthony served his position relatively well, but the big man by committee structure wasn't all that successful. Juwan Howard, Anthony, Jamaal Magloire, Erick Dampier, Dexter Pittman -- I wouldn't say any of those were really a hit.

So here they are again with free agency coming and they're looking at the big man market. There's Tyson Chandler, but they have no shot at him. Same goes for Nene and Marc Gasol (unless there's a sign-and-trade, which there won't be.

Where could they turn? Here's an interesting name: Samuel Dalembert.

Via ESPN.com:
Don't count out the Miami Heat. Dalembert lives in South Florida, wants a chance to win a title and is Pat Riley's No. 1 target. If no team offers him significantly more than the mid-level, Dalembert could be Miami-bound.
Also, consider this from FoxSports.com:
Dalembert wouldn't say he would agree to [the mid-level exception]. But he did say "what is best for you might not be for the most money." And he definitely likes the Heat.

"I'm keeping all my options open, but Miami could be a good fit for me," Dalembert said.

Why is that?

"If you look at the playoffs with Dallas, you saw what Tyson Chandler did," Dalembert said, referring to the 7-foot-1 center who helped the Mavs beat the Heat in six games for the title last June. "He was basically a key ingredient for them to win a championship. And Miami didn't have somebody like that. Somebody able to stop (foes from) getting second shots and somebody able to rebound and finish. I could fill that role and be an asset for that team."
A paycut is the only way the Heat can get to Dalembert and it would have to be a big one. He earned $13.4 million last season and that was while not playing a whole lot in Sacramento. He earned it because he emerged as a major defensive presence in Philadelphia but his production has tailed off some due to injuries, and possibly age (he's 30).

It makes a whole lot of sense in every way, except for the money. Dalembert's Haitian-born, which isn't far from South Beach. He has relatives in the area. He lives in nearby Boca Raton. Dalembert's potentially "missing piece" material for a team that desperately needs a dominant rebounder and shot blocker. Which in previous days, Dalembert was exactly that. As Tom Haberstroh of Heat index notes, despite a disappointing 2010-11, Dalembert still grabbed 19.3 percent of his team's rebounds, which is far above his positional average.

The Heat could have competition though. The Knicks need big man help desperately and are more in a position to pay Dalembert better money. Not a whole lot better, but better regardless. And the interest is said to be mutual there as well.

This free agent market doesn't have the big name, splash type players in it, but it does have potential championship pieces. Dalembert being one of them, and he's going to draw some big attention.
Posted on: May 4, 2011 2:13 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 2:39 pm

Knicks, Samuel Dalembert share mutual interest?

The New York Knicks are reportedly interested in signing free agent Samuel Dalembert. Posted by Ben Golliver. samuel-dalembert

You know it, I know it, everybody knows it: The New York Knicks need a center. They need a center to improve their rebounding. They need a center to improve their team defense. They need a center to ease the wear and tear on forward Amar'e Stoudemire. They need a center to stand around, being all tall, while Carmelo Anthony works one-on-one in isolation.

The New York Post reports that the Knicks have their eyes on a player to fill these needs.
With the chances slim of adding a quality center with the 17th pick in the draft and with an unkind salary cap situation in 2011, sources close to Knicks president Donnie Walsh say he has targeted Kings 6-foot-11 shotblocker Samuel Dalembert as the likeliest free-agent catch this summer.
According to a source, Dalembert likely would choose the Knicks if their offer is comparable with any others.
The Post cites Dalembert's ties to the New York area and its Haitian community as particular draws for Dalembert.

This isn't the first time Dalembert and the Knicks have been linked but it is the strongest report yet that team and player share mutual interest. Dalembert, who has missed just two games in the past five seasons combined and provided steady 8-10 points, 8-10 rebounds and two blocks per game statistical production over that time period. He might not be overly physical but he's long, big, proven and, at 29 years old, still at the tail end of his prime. If New York makes this signing happen, it would qualify as a minor coup.

The Sacramento Kings expect rookie DeMarcus Cousins to take over the starting center position full time, leavign Dalembert's future there in question. The Kings do have loads and loads of cap space to spend and you can never have too many quality big men. In other words, it's no guarantee that he's gone this summer, although the clock is starting to tick on his career and now is as good a time as any to find his way to a contender.

Really, letting Dalembert walk straight away would be a mistake for the Kings. If they decide he's extraneous or not in their long-term plays, a sign-and-trade makes a lot of sense: Dalembert gets paid, a team with a hole in the middle, possibly the Knicks, gets a quality center and the Kings receive an asset or assets in return. This is the same franchise that just failed in its bid to relocate, though, so who knows what will happen.
Posted on: December 28, 2010 2:05 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:52 pm

Video: Best fantasy hoops waiver wire pickups

CBSSports.com is back with another episode of fantasy hoops analysis, focusing this week on who you might pick up off of the waiver wire. Posted by Ben Golliver CBSSports.com's Sergio Gonzalez always brings the Heat when it comes to fantasy hoops advice, and this week is no exception. In an interview with Lauren Shehadi, Gonzalez breaks down which NBA players might be available on your waiver wire and should be considered for a pickup. Just click here or watch the video below. Gonzalez listed Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden, Milwaukee Bucks guards Earl Boykins and Keyon Dooling, Toronto Raptors forward Linas Kleiza, Phoenix Suns wing Jared Dudley and center Marcin Gortat, and Sacramento Kings big man Samuel Dalembert.  Also this week, Gonzalez and Shehadi break down who you should start and sit in your fantasy lineups
Posted on: November 5, 2010 9:37 am
Edited on: November 5, 2010 9:38 am

Shootaround 11.5.10: Like That

Posted by Matt Moore

  • The Sonics mascot showed up with a sign that said "Homeless" last night. Which is adorable. I do wonder where the sign is that reads "Homeless because people didn't think it was a good idea to build me a new home" but I'm a stickler for accuracy like that.
  • Mikael Pietrus and Stan Van Gundy got into a shouting match over Pietrus being yanked in the third quarter against the Wolves. One would think in a 40 point annihilation that everyone would be happy. It's also bizarre that SVG continues to have trouble with Pietrus considering that he's been a big part of the team's success and I don't see any yelling or screaming at Vince Carter, but I'm a stickler for fairness like that.
  • Twitter has not been kind to the Celtics. Twitter is a remarkably easy interface to control, you just have to be sure to think about what you're posting before you post it. Then, if you do post something that isn't great, you need to be prepared to take responsibility for it. Or blame it on hackers. You know, either one.
Posted on: October 12, 2010 11:10 pm

Dalembert out 4-6 weeks with abductor strain

Posted by Royce Young

First, I definitely had to Google "abductor strain." (It's a strain of the muscle that's between the groin and the hip.) And that's what Kings' center Samuel Dalembert has, as confirmed by an MRI and announced by the team late Tuesday. The timetable for Dalembert's return is 4-6 weeks.

Two things come out of this: 1) It's a pretty big blow to a team that was really counting on Dalembert for inside help. Granted, he'll only miss a handful of regular season games, but muscle injuries like this aren't anything to rush back from. It can linger and be aggravated again any time throughout the year. And 2) This could be a big opportunity for DeMarcus Cousins.

Dalembert was locked in as the opening night starter for Sacramento at center, despite Cousins' outstanding preseason play. Now, however, Cousins will get serious playing time. The Kings could decide to move Jason Thompson to the 5 if they aren't comfortable starting Cousins yet, but regardless, the rookie should see a lot of floor time.

This hurts the Kings though because Dalembert is such an influential force defensively and on the glass. For a team that struggled on the interior last season, especially on the defensive end in both protecting the rim and rebounding, Dalembert was seen as the perfect remedy. And as so often happens, now he's hurt.

He'll be back by mid-November so it's not devastating, plus there will be more time for DMC. So it's not all bad news bears. But it's definitely not how you want to start the season.
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