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Report: Samuel Dalembert reaches deal with Rockets

Dec 21, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

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The Houston Rockets got a big man. Finally.

It’s not the All-Star they had hoped for (Nene or Pau Gasol) but they have a deal with defensive stalwart Samuel Dalembert, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Sources told ESPN.com that Dalembert has agreed to a two-year deal. The value of the contract was not immediately known.

Fox Sports Florida reported Tuesday night that Dalembert was on the verge of re-signing with the Sacramento Kings, but the Kings issued a news release Wednesday afternoon saying they had withdrawn their offer to Dalembert.

Twenty-four hours ago it had been the Rockets that said they were out of the running for Dalembert, who then seemed destined to return to Sacramento. Money was the issue for the Rockets, so either they had a change of heart or Dalembert saw what the Kings had to offer and suddenly the Rockets offer didn’t look so bad.

Houston is a borderline playoff team in a deep Western conference with Dalembert. He is a physical presence in the paint who provided the Kings 8 points and 8 rebounds a game last season. Houston will get scoring out of Kevin Martin and Kyle Lowry, they have the athletic Chase Budinger on the wing and now a solid front line with Luis Scola and Dalembert.

  1. bigkatvik7 - Dec 21, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    I’m a Houston fan but this move is still not enough to make the Rockets contenders along with Dallas and OKC.

    • 973yenots - Dec 21, 2011 at 6:06 PM

      You think?

  2. tcclark - Dec 21, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    He’s a very unselfish player. The ultimate one for me, two for you kind of guy…. like, one flashy block for me, two points because of goaltending for you.

    As a Sixers fan i can tell you, he’ll chip in 8 points for the Rockets, and 10 points for whoever they’re playing because he doesn’t understand the rules. He’s also the kind of guy that will give you more fouls than points.

    I really wanted him to sign with the Heat. Eddy Curry and Samuel Dalembert would’ve been a hilarious combination.

    • danielcp0303 - Dec 22, 2011 at 12:12 AM

      I think McHale has a good track record with teaching bigs, I think he can get him to lay off a few goaltending calls.

      • tcclark - Dec 22, 2011 at 4:51 PM

        What track record? he’s coached a total of 94 games…. and it’s not like Al Jefferson is a defensive dynamo.

        Larry Brown, Randy Ayers, Chris Ford, Jim O’Brien, Maurice Cheeks, Tony Dileo, and Eddie Jordan all couldn’t get him to stop goaltending and the first thing Doug Collins did was trade him. What makes you so confident that Kevin Mchale can do what guys like Larry Brown and Doug Collins couldn’t?

  3. icu84bs - Dec 22, 2011 at 2:54 AM

    Dalembert has under performed for his entire career. I expect that to continue in Houston. Houston is stunned after the 3 way trade for CP3 to the Lakers (in which they would have received some decent talent) was disallowed by David Stern (along with Dan Gilbert and some other big cry babies). They must still be reeling a bit if they think Dalembert is going to help much. You deserve better Houston. Cheers.

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