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Heat looking to add Samuel Dalembert?

Jun 13, 2011, 9:02 PM EDT


This isn’t a rumor based on sources so much as it is one based on common sense. As well as Joel Anthony played as a starting center against both Boston and Chicago, the Heat desperately need a true center who can protect the rim, finish plays, and provide both size and athleticism on both ends of the court.

The problem is that they don’t have much money to spend, and will probably have even less after the new CBA is completed. So they need an effective 15-20 MPG “show starter” at center (it seems likely that the team’s crunch-time lineup will still be a “small” one next season, with either Anthony or Haslem manning the 5 spot), who can do center-like things and would come at a low price. (Heat fans may have pipe dreams about either Tyson Chandler or Nene, but Riley enticing either of those players to join his team at a severe discount would make his free-agency haul last season look like child’s play.)

The natural option seems to be Samuel Dalembert, who just completed the final season of a contract with the Kings that paid him $13.5 million. Dalembert would probably have to take a pay cut to join the Heat as well, but he wouldn’t make anything near what Chandler and Nene will make this off-season on the open market, and the allure of playing with James, Wade, and Bosh, as well as Miami’s large Haitian community, could be enough to entice Dalembert to sacrifice some cash and join the Heat.

Of course, Dalembert will get other offers, particularly from the Knicks, who also need a center, have some star power, and play in a huge market. If Dalembert decides to take the money, there’s not a whole lot the Heat can do to upgrade their roster without making a major move. The Heat will have a hard time improving their roster significantly this summer, which makes the fact they choked away two sizeable fourth-quarter leads in the NBA Finals that much harder of a pill to swallow for them.

  1. david8726 - Jun 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    It would be a nice pickup if they could get him.

    Ira Winderman of the sun-sentinel wrote during the King’s visit to South Florida that it almost looked as if Dalembert was doing a “tryout” for the Heat. He played with passion that game and was the only King that cared during a Heat blowout.

    So maybe he wants to be here. But yes, a lot more money could be staring him in the face if the mid-level exception doesn’t come back in the new CBA.

  2. essfjay - Jun 13, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    he’s going to the knicks mark my words…he can get more money & they need a true center as well.

    • purdueman - Jun 14, 2011 at 7:59 AM

      The Knicks?


  3. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears - Jun 13, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    They should trade Bosh. All he does is shoot open jumpers and plays average defense at best. He is a waste of 20 million. Trade him for a good shooter and depth and let Haslem start.

    • goforthanddie - Jun 13, 2011 at 9:49 PM

      They’d get twice as much in return for leb. Bosh doesn’t pretend to be a #1 dog, then fold. He’s a natural sidekick, and Wade would be the unquestioned #1 he should’ve been all along.

    • borderline1988 - Jun 13, 2011 at 10:20 PM

      Stupid idea, for a number of reasons:

      1) Bosh was Miami’s most underrated player. They should have given him the ball more. He shot a much better percentage than Wade or Lebron, and got Nowitzki and Chandler into foul trouble. Bosh is a weapon that Spoelstra simply did not utilize. He played well off screen and rolls, hitting his jumpers, and driving to the basket when needed. His isolation offense needs to improve, but Bosh is capable of that, evidenced by 7 years of terrific isolation offense in Toronto.

      2) If you trade away Bosh, that leaves you with zero offensive playmaking at the 4 and 5 spots (even if the Heat were to get Dalembert). That would force Lebron to play the forward position, which would make their guard weaknesses look even more glaring. Bibby is horrible. Chalmers is turnover prone, and an inconsistent shot-maker.

      3) Bosh is not a terrible rebounder – he averages eight to nine boards a game. And he’s simply an enormous weapon in the pick and roll…it forces opposing defenses to not double Lebron or Wade coming off his screens. If Bosh wouldn’t be there (put Anthony in his spot), then defenses would trap Lebron/Wade after every pick and roll, which would render that move useless.

      4) Of the Big 3, Bosh would get you the least in return in a trade. He’s more worth it to the Heat than what he can get in return

      5) The bigger issue is how to play Lebron and Wade in a half-court offense, considering their redundant driving abilities, and at-best average shooting skills. Honestly, I’d love to trade away Lebron or Wade, which would net the Heat an abundance of talent, but that isn’t going to happen, so the Heat need to look for other ways to buld this roster.

      This season was a failure by the Heat, since they didnt get their championship. But fact is, they came within 2 games of winning the NBA championship, and are CLEARLY the class of the East. Im sure most experts would pick them to make the Finals again next year.

      • borderline1988 - Jun 13, 2011 at 10:37 PM

        As well:

        I can’t understand why Spoelstra doesn’t get more blame here. The Heat’s offensive sets were really, really bad. They started off Game 6 with some good sets to get James the ball down low (and get Wade cutting to the basket), but once Dallas adjusted, it was like the Heat had nothing more to show in the half-court.

        There was really no point in this season where the Big3 consistently played cohesively. Playing Lebron and Wade together is certainly a challenge, but Lebron and Bosh or Wade and Bosh should be a killer combination that a high school coach should be able to figure out.
        For instance, why not run pick and rolls with Wade and Bosh, with shooters in the corners and Lebron cutting hard off the weak side to the basket? I know I’m making this sound easy, but it should be for an NBA coach. Spoelstra simply failed to implement any effective half-court offensive sets.
        He had pick and rolls happening way too far from the basket, and having Wade or Lebron stand around doing nothing on the weak side. Off course, having Joel Anthony on the court complicates this since his defender can always help, but still…you have to show for something.

        And lastly, the Heat could not figure out the zone defense. The blame for that is squarely on coach Spoelstra…

        The Heat need time to gel on offense. Their defense is still fantastic and wont get any worse, with a healthy Haslem.
        But with better preparation on offense, the Heat are your NBA champions. They came within inches of a 3 – 0 lead in the NBA finals. If they can execute proper offensive plays in the 4th quarter, as opposed to Lebron or Wade dribbling around at the top of the arc for 20 seconds and then launching a jumper, the Heat would have won the championship.

        The Heat are a deeply flawed team, but are still easily good enough to win an NBA championship. I’d call them the favourite to win next year.

      • dbick - Jun 14, 2011 at 9:19 AM

        Spoelstra doesn’t get blame because its Lebron James and Dwayne Wade. Seriously, I should be able to coach this team to the finals.

  4. goforthanddie - Jun 13, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    He can play for other teams, not win a title, and make more money.
    Have fun fantasy-leaguing a team that might be able to carry leB to a title.

  5. lebronsinsecurity - Jun 13, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    I know I’ll probably sound crazy to many, but I honestly believe breaking up the Heat would be the thing to do. I’d keep Wade (kind of earned a free pass IMO for carrying his old team/Shaq to a title) and probably Bosh (he was at least effective playing the 3rd role).. It’s crazy and kind of knee jerk, but I’d try to move James for true pg and a decent center(not likely since almost every team needs a C).. Not saying that any of this will or rationally should happen.. I just honestly think James will never have the mental makeup to ever win a title if his team desperately depends on him.

    • Justin - Jun 13, 2011 at 11:00 PM

      That does sound stupid. Kobe’s Lakers didn’t win their first year picking up Gasol. Don’t let the media turn you into a drone. Bosh, Wade and LeBron are not going anywhere and anyone that thinks it is smart otherwise doesn’t know basketball.

      • lebronsinsecurity - Jun 14, 2011 at 1:52 AM

        Huh? Media? Drone? If anything the media is being extremely easy on the Heat.. What do the Lakers or Kobe have to do with any of this? I never said it was rational in the first place, I just happen to like Wade and don’t think him and LeBron work together in the long run.. Wade needs to and should be the undisputed #1 on that team and I just don’t see that happening

    • purdueman - Jun 14, 2011 at 7:57 AM

      You don’t sound at all crazy to me. The biggest criticism by the truly good basketball analysts out there about “The Decision” was that Wade and James basically are the same player and play the same position, a weakness exploited by Dallas to win a World Championship.

      Simply put, James isn’t a closer and Wade isn’t a distributor. It’s a lot like in baseball when two guys wind up standing on second base; one of them is out.

  6. mogogo1 - Jun 13, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    This is going to be a perennial thing for them as they try to find guys on the cheap to fill their holes. They’d be so much better off if they’d passed on Bosh and gotten 2-3 role players. A decent point guard and a bench player or two and they might be champions right now.

    • purdueman - Jun 14, 2011 at 7:54 AM

      mogo… excellent post! I couldn’t agree with you more. History has proven that you only need two stars/superstars to win it all in the NBA and 3 is simply nothing more than greaser Riley greed and unabashed ego.

  7. iplaybingowitholdpeopleandwin - Jun 13, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    As much as I clown Chris Bosh, he deserves his props — he played well and for all the reasons cited above, he’s a guy you keep. LeBron needs to be traded. He’s good BUT ________ and he’s no Jordan, despite every one and their mother calling him the second coming. I thought the Heat played better ball with him on the LeBench, which is sad because he’s getting paid a lot of money to come in and win games. Wade is the Alpha Dog — the dude can just take over a game at will. To borrow from Mike Tyson, his “focus is impregnable!” LeBron, if you read this, and someone from your camp will, you and D-wade play too much of the same style. The only difference is that D-Wade developed other shots and added them to his repertoire and you haven’t. Not a knock, just you have a long way to go still if you want to be the A. If you’re comfortable being B, then being like ol’ 33 isn’t a bad deal. He couldn’t do it in Portland when he was the “leader” despite having 6 rings. Be comfortable with who you are dude…but be the best at who you are.

    • purdueman - Jun 14, 2011 at 5:30 PM

      bosh reportedly in mewling because he feels as if he was excluded in this last series on the offensive end of the floor, and frankly he pretty much was. It’s bad enough when you have two big name ball hogs on the same team excluding the third big name in the offense, let alone when that third big name player becomes unhappy about it.

      The self-anointed “Big 3 Dreamers” may unite in their bickering to win one championship, but in the long run I just don’t see it working. The Heat don’t need Bosh; what they need is to trade Bosh for a couple of above average role players who are content playing the role of Robin to Batmen.

      Steve Kerr nailed it too when he said that Le Bum isn’t Michael, he’s Scottie. Scottie was very immature too, and preferred to distribute the ball, not be the go to guy in crunch time.

  8. purdueman - Jun 14, 2011 at 7:52 AM

    Good morning to all the Heat Honks, Homers and Bandwagoner’s out there from your new WORLD CHAMPION Dallas Mavericks!!!

    Any truth to the rumor that Le Bum’s picture is going to go on school childrens milk cartons all over Miami come the 4th quarter of this year???

  9. pl4tinum514 - Jun 14, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    Please do pick up Dalembert. That way you can keep losing when it matters with scrubs at the important positions on the court.

    • purdueman - Jun 14, 2011 at 8:10 AM

      The hot rumor out here in LA is that the Paper Clips badly want Dalembert and if they do Miami’s in no position cap space wise to outbid the Clips. I agree with you… I’d love to see the Heat instead pick up fat, lazy party boy Eddie Curry instead!

      • iplaybingowitholdpeopleandwin - Jun 14, 2011 at 10:41 PM

        hell, why not bring back Shawn Kemp???

  10. soopreme - Jun 14, 2011 at 8:16 AM

    Dwayne Wade is becoming more and more injury prone and by the nature in which he plays(reckless abandon) thats not going to change and probably will get worst. Also of the big 3 by far Wade is the oldest. I think Pat Riley has to be thinking about this.
    With that said, if I was the Heat I will be all in on either Howard or Paul with anybody other than Lebron as trade bait.
    This makes perfect sense.

  11. rbrown4495 - Jun 14, 2011 at 8:21 AM

    That is ludicrous for anyone to say that the Heats season was failure, u r embellishing the truth my man. The truth is that it was amazing that Miami could make the finals with no center, no pg, no bench and still have the 2nd rated defense and only be 2 wins away from winning it all. Lebron, wade and the whole starting team had to be extremely tired by the time the finals started. To play top rated defense nightly, and good offense with two defenders hounding you on every play takes alot of energy and they had to play at the top of their game nightly. You should rethink how a succesful season really should be defined for Miami regradless of Lebrons bragadocious statements about numerous championships.

    • passerby23 - Jun 14, 2011 at 10:40 AM

      The Heat players’ own words were “championship or bust.” I do agree that two wins from a championship is nothing to sneeze at, but you should be in that position with 3 of the top 10 players in the game. I don’t think it’s true to say they had no bench. Haslem, Miller, and Chalmers gave them some quality minutes.

      Samuel Dalembert would be a good pickup for them, but will command a lot more than Miami can offer him.

  12. SmackSaw - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Trade LeBron for Howard.

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