Kings aquire Samuel Dalembert in trade

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Aug 12, 2002

The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to swap Samuel Dalembert to the Sacramento Kings for Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes, two league sources told

The deal was agreed to on Tuesday night and the two teams have been working out details Thursday morning. Barring some last-minute hitch the trade should be completed as early as Thursday afternoon, according to the sources.

The deal will give the Kings a player they've long coveted in Dalembert. The Kings tried to make several deals with the Sixers last year for Dalembert but couldn't make it happen.

Sacramento has been unhappy with its rebounding and shotblocking in the post. Dalembert makes a lot of money ($12.9 million next year) but he's in the last year of his deal.

The trade gives the Sixers a physical combo forward in Nocioni and an up-and-coming big man in Hawes.

But the real ramifications may come during the draft. The Sixers have been deciding between Evan Turner and Derrick Favors with the No. 2 pick. While Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski is a Turner fan, new coach Doug Collins is high on Favors. With Dalembert gone and Nocioni in, it could push them in the direction of Favors.

For the Kings, this could also change their draft equation. The team has been looking at drafting DeMarcus Cousins and Greg Monroe, both centers. With this deal, it could allow them to address another need at the three. The Kings have been high on both Al-Farouq Aminu and Gordon Hayward.

Dalembert was Philadelphia's longest-tenured player, but he never developed into a dominant force after being drafted in the first round in 2001. The 6-foot-11 center averaged 8.1 points and 8.3 rebounds over eight seasons. He was unhappy with his role and asked for a trade last year.

Nocioni, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 8.5 points for the Kings last season. He was suspended two games in March after pleading no contest in California to drunken driving.

Hawes, a 7-foot-1 center, averaged 10 points and 6.1 rebounds last season. He was Sacramento's first-round draft pick in 2007.

Dalembert, the NBA's only Haitian-born player, went to Haiti in January with the aid group Project MediShare to assist with the earthquake relief effort.

Dalembert was scheduled to earn nearly $13 million in the final year of his contract. He has a 15 percent trade kicker in his deal. That clause made it difficult for the Sixers to trade him sooner.

Chad Ford covers the NBA for ESPN Insider. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Sicc OG
Jul 2, 2002
The thing is...they gave up a couple decent players for a decent player...and I get the ''expiring contract'' angle...but what good free agent is going to want to sign with Sac?

I heard that...But Dalembert and Landry should solidify the middle..And if Jason Thomspon comes around thats gonna be Solid...Dalembert is a good rebounder and shot blocker, he also shoots a respectable FG%.......Then you Have Tyreek Evens who had a rookie season numbers wise that only 3 players had before him...Oscar Robertson, Mike Jordan and Lebron James......And they have the 5th pick in the draft right?

Things are looking good for Sac.....And if the people persuding free agents, cant get a commitment off what they got going over their...They need a new profession.....Sac is this Pick and a free agent away from going back to the playoffs...