HoopsHype Samuel Dalembert rumors

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The Milwaukee Bucks are obviously happy to have acquired Samuel Dalembert. The feeling is apparently mutual. Marc Cornstein, Dalembert’s agent, said he had a brief conversation with his client after the veteran center was dealt by Houston to to Milwaukee Wednesday. “He was really excited about going to Milwaukee,’’ Cornstein said. “He’s very familiar with the Bucks’ roster and believes they are headed in the right direction. “It’s always the coach’s decision about playing time, but he believes it’s a fabulous opportunity for him to play there. Like I said, he’s very excited.’’ Racine Journal-Times

Even as they acquired the 12th pick in the first round of Thursday's NBA Draft from Milwaukee in a deal that sent center Samuel Dalembert to the Bucks along with the 14th overall pick and guard Shaun Livingston and forwards Jon Leuer and Jon Brockman, the Houston Rockets were still trying to move even higher, into the top 10. But their offer of guard Kyle Lowry along with the 16th pick overall to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the fifth pick overall and forward Chuck Hayes was rejected Wednesday by Sacramento, according to league sources. NBA.com

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Pro basketball is a business and players get traded with regularity. In fact, Bucks general manager John Hammond made a June trade for the fifth consecutive year on Wednesday. But he admitted it was tough to tell second-year forward and former Wisconsin star Jon Leuer that he was part of the deal that brought center Samuel Dalembert to the Bucks. "We had no intention of moving Jon," Hammond said. "The only reason we did it was because it was the only way to make the salary structure work to complete the deal." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

The Bucks needed the salaries of Leuer, Jon Brockman and Shaun Livingston to be within a certain range of the $6.7 million owed to Dalembert in the final year of his contract. Livingston was to make $3.5 million next season on a team option, Brockman was to make $1 million and Leuer $762,000. "I'm always concerned about moving quality people," Hammond said. "When I talked to him (Leuer) on the phone I was apologetic. It really did hurt to make that call" Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

"It's the business," Dalembert said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "I'm not shocked. I knew it was going to be a long summer for them. We have to make some sacrifices. We have to do some stuff." Dalembert said he believes this is right move for him. "I like the guys there," Dalembert said. "The guys were good. Some guys weren't happy too. I think it was best to make this move." FOX 26 Sports

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According to sources with knowledge of the situation, they may have found a way to move one of those picks. Samuel Dalembert says all the right things in talking about wanting to be back in Houston, but his relationship with Rockets head coach Kevin McHale could have been better, and partially because of that, he is no longer considered to be in the Rockets’ long-term plans. The fact that he can become a free agent in July makes him an attractive trade piece, either for a team looking for a decent starting center, or for a team looking to create cap space. HoopsWorld

Alex Kennedy: The Houston Rockets are shopping Samuel Dalembert, according to sources. He may be packaged with one of Houston's first-round picks. Twitter

The Houston Rockets have a decision looming over center Samuel Dalembert, who averaged seven points, seven rebounds and nearly two blocks a game in his first year with the team. Dalembert is owed $6.7 million next season, but it’s only partially guaranteed. He can be waived before July 8th for only $1.5 million. “No,” Dalembert said in an exclusive interview with HOOPSWORLD when asked if the Rockets have given him any indication what they might do. “They have so much to figure out this summer for themselves. I’m just going out there and making sure I get myself ready whether they keep me or not. I Just have to stay ready. “I like it in Houston. It’s a very nice city. The people are very hospitable. The people are really good here, nice. It’s a good organization. I enjoy myself with the guys. We had good times, fun times.” HoopsWorld

With 11 years of experience under his belt, Dalembert fully understands that he may have played his last game with the Rockets. Becoming a free agent is nothing new to him. He already knows what he’ll be looking for should he get waived before July 8th. “I would love to be a part of it, but it’s a business and everybody knows it,” Dalembert said. “Someone like myself looks to win. I want to go to a team where I have the opportunity to win and also contribute to the team. Either way being a part of the NBA for so many years is a blessing. There are a lot of good teams out there looking for an athletic big man. I’m making sure to having myself ready and seeing what happens for next year.” HoopsWorld

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