HoopsHype Samuel Dalembert rumors

October 8, 2013 Updates

Carlisle doesn’t believe Samuel Dalembert is in the shape necessary for him to be a quality starting center and told the big man as much after the Mavs’ 94-92 loss Monday night to the New Orleans Pelicans. Dalembert, who signed a two-year, $7.6 million deal this summer, picked up four fouls and committed four turnovers along with four points and two rebounds in less than 11 minutes of playing time. “I just told him in front of the whole team that he’s got to keep working,” said Carlisle, who mentioned Dalembert’s conditioning issues to the media without a question being asked about the center. “We need his minutes. They’re going to be very important to us. He’s a factor. When he’s in shape, he’s a factor as a rim protector and rebounder, and he gives you a big, active, athletic body in there.” ESPN.com

September 17, 2013 Updates
August 11, 2013 Updates

Norm Hitzges: It was hard to put Kaman and Dirk on the floor at the same time defensively. Do you believe this year's team fits better than last year's group? Mark Cuban: I don't think it was so hard to put Dirk and Chris on the floor together defensively. I think where we ran into problems ... we couldn't convince Chris not to put the ball on the floor. When Chris would just pick and pop, he was a top-five shooter in the NBA. Dirk and Chris playing pick and pop, pick and roll was lethal. No team could stop it. Chris had his own way of doing things, and that created some issues. It just didn't work. Dirk and Brandan Wright played a lot better together. That's one of the reasons we went hard after Samuel Dalembert. Sam is much more of a rebounder and he's also a good shot blocker and rim defender. Dallas Morning News

August 10, 2013 Updates

It was hard to put Kaman and Dirk on the floor at the same time defensively. Do you believe this year's team fits better than last year's group? Mark Cuban: I don't think it was so hard to put Dirk and Chris on the floor together defensively. I think where we ran into problems ... we couldn't convince Chris not to put the ball on the floor. When Chris would just pick and pop, he was a top-five shooter in the NBA. Dirk and Chris playing pick and pop, pick and roll was lethal. No team could stop it. Chris had his own way of doing things, and that created some issues. It just didn't work. Dirk and Brandan Wright played a lot better together. That's one of the reasons we went hard after Samuel Dalembert. Sam is much more of a rebounder and he's also a good shot blocker and rim defender. Dallas Morning News

July 21, 2013 Updates

The Mavs have an agreement in principle re-sign the 6-foot-10, 240-pound Bernard James to a minimum-salary contract after making the Ellis deal official. James, who played in 46 games as a rookie, would back up Samuel Dalembert and Brandan Wright. The Mavs have early Bird rights for Wright, meaning they can exceed the cap to re-sign him, and his return is a virtual certainty. ESPN.com

July 19, 2013 Updates
July 18, 2013 Updates

Sam Dalembert said convinced sister Melissa, who played at USF, not to play for Miami Spice of Bikini Basketball: Dalembert had told FOX Sports Florida last April he didn’t want his sister playing in the first-year Bikini Basketball Association because he believed the league is “nonsense’’ and “just for the show.’’ “I told her that kind of stuff is not a real legitimate league,’’ said Dalembert, whose sister had played last season in Germany before returning to America. “She listened to me. I’m glad she’s not doing it.’’ Sulia

It took some time and some patience, but the Dallas Mavericks finally got their center. Before Wednesday’s summer league game against the Los Angeles Clippers, owner Mark Cuban said his team had come to terms with free- agent center Samuel Dalembert on a multi-year contract. The 6-foot-11, 250-pound Dalembert helps salvage a summer in which the Mavs lost out on Dwight Howard, and also made overtures to Andrew Bynum. “It’s not ‘signed’ signed,” Cuban said of the contract with Dalembert. “But it’s agreed upon.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

July 17, 2013 Updates
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July 14, 2013 Updates

The Knicks are interested in one of the best centers still available in free agency, Samuel Dalembert, according to a player source. On Friday, the first day of the NBA summer league at UNLV's Cox Pavilion, Knicks GM Glen Grunwald and Dalembert's agent, Marc Cornstein, were spotted chatting. ESPN.com

At this point, however, the Mavericks are the front-runners to land Dalembert, who averaged 6.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 16 minutes per game last season for the Bucks. Sources indicated to ESPNDallas.com that the Mavs are optimistic they will reach an agreement with Dalembert soon. ESPN.com

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