HoopsHype Samuel Dalembert rumors

April 1, 2014 Updates

As far as president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson is concerned, the Mavericks don’t have to make a decision about Samuel Dalembert’s partially guaranteed contract this summer. That decision has already been made. The Mavs signed Dalembert to a two-year deal this summer, but only $1.8 million of the big man’s $3.87 million salary next season is guaranteed. However, Nelson said the Mavs fully intend to have Dalembert return next season. “Absolutely we’ll have Sam back,” Nelson said of the center who is averaging 6.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 20.3 minutes per game this season. ESPN.com

January 22, 2014 Updates

Center Samuel Dalembert will play tonight when the Dallas Mavericks (25-18) meet the Toronto Raptors (20-20) at 6 at the Air Canada Centre. The Mavs orginally said Dalembert strained his left shoulder in Monday's game at Cleveland. However, X-rays taken revealed that it was just a bruise. "They just said it's a bruise and they saw the bruise, so I'm good,'' Dalembert said after Wednesday morning's shootaround. "I can manage the pain. Read more here: http://sportsblogs.star-telegram.com/mavs/2014/01/dalembert-has-a-bruised-shoulder-but-will-play-tonight.html#storylink=cpy Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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It’s notable that Dalembert was suspended for a game in February when he was late for a practice while playing in Milwaukee. So the trend is there. The Mavericks, according to owner Mark Cuban, are trying to deal with it in a proactive manner. “Everybody’s got something,” Cuban said. “So we try to provide the support services that each individual needs, whether it’s diet, someone to talk to, an alarm clock, whatever it may be. It’s not limited to one person.” Dallas Morning News

So does Dalembert realize just how critical his production on the glass is? “Oh yeah, of course,” Cuban said. “I’ve said it to him. Sam and I talk, so it’s not like it’s a secret. I told him I think he’s All-Star caliber when he’s laying it out there. And I don’t think it’s even for a lack of trying. I just think sometimes he’s in sync and sometimes he’s not.” Dallas Morning News

Dalembert, a 12-year veteran, is with his fifth team in the last five seasons. He said he has trouble sleeping at nights but is taking steps to try to address that problem. “I didn’t have any problem with my teammates,” Dalembert said. “Nobody’s perfect. I’m not a lazy person in practice. I think the level of trust was always there from my teammates. I just wanted to get back to where I could help them. That was the problem. I’m always ready when they call my name. I’m going to go out and play hard.” Dallas Morning News

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After Dalembert’s first 10 starts, he produced 14, 10 and 12 rebounds the next three games against Philadelphia, Houston and Utah, respectively. In the 11 games since, he’s never gotten more than seven rebounds in a game. “I think he can be playing better,” owner Mark Cuban said. “I just don’t think he’s been in a position where he’s been expected to perform to help a team win since his first one or two years. “So I think this is a new situation for him and hopefully he’ll perform.” The Mavs are hoping the return of Brandan Wright, who made his season debut Saturday after being sidelined with a small fracture of his left shoulder, will help Dalembert get refocused. “Sam will do better,” Cuban said. “I think having Brandan will help too, to take some of the pressure off of him.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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This is about the trust Dalembert lost by sleeping through the Mavs’ morning shootaround before Monday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets. Coach Rick Carlisle benched Dalembert for the first quarter of that game. Dalembert, who arrived in Dallas with a reputation for being unreliable after bouncing around to four teams over the previous four seasons, apologized profusely to coaches and teammates for his inexcusable mistake. The Mavs have forgiven Dalembert for now, but he’ll face a harsh punishment if he makes a similar mistake again. ESPN.com

November 26, 2013 Updates

Samuel Dalembert missed the Dallas Mavericks' shootaround Monday morning when he overslept and Carlisle used both DeJuan Blair as the starter and Bernard James as the backup center before putting Dalembert in the game at the start of the second quarter. Dalembert was apologetic about the situation. "I'm very disappointed at myself," he said. "I let my teammates down. I don't have an excuse. And it shouldn't have happened. I'm still trying to get over it. I'm very upset. I overslept. Just saying it (makes me mad). I shouldn't be in that situation. And I deserved what I got. The decision coach made, I'm behind it. And I apologized to my teammates." Said Carlisle: "Sam missed shootaround this morning because he overslept. So the two guys that were there got the first two rotations." Dallas Morning News

November 16, 2013 Updates

This time, Chalmers claims he was pushed by Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert into Nowitzki, which exacerbated the contact. "Dalembert had my arm so I had to get my arm free," he said of his swinging motion. "There was nothing intentional about it. I didn't even see Dirk." Chalmers tried to appeal the call before he was ushered from the court by the Heat's director of security. "I just told them, 'Look at the replay and look at Dalembert holding my arm,' " Chalmers said. "That's all I said to them." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

October 24, 2013 Updates

"Actually, I think Sam is the key to our game more than anybody else," Cuban said this week on 103.3 FM ESPN. "One of the things about Tyson [Chandler] when he was here is that he only averaged 28 minutes a game because of foul trouble. Sometimes he'd get into early foul trouble and we had [Brendan] Haywood to back him up." ESPN.com

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