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Bucks’ Dalembert says he might switch sides to play for Heat next season

Apr 22, 2013, 9:49 AM EDT

Pau Gasol, Samuel Dalembert AP

Pretty much every NBA player about to be a free agent talks in vague terms about keeping their options open. They are going to go where the most money comes from and they don’t want to limit those choices.

But have you ever heard a player on one side of a playoff series say he could jump to the team down the hall this summer?

That seems to cross the competitive line we like to draw for the playoffs, but that’s exactly what Bucks big man Samuel Dalembert did, speaking to Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida. He said he might jump to the Miami Heat this summer.

“The Heat will be definitely an option,’’ Dalembert told FOX Sports Florida before his Bucks lost to the Heat 110-87 in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference first-round series Sunday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. “It’s up to them and seeing what’s going to be out there. But at this point you want to be with a contending team. You don’t want to go backwards, so you want to chase that promised land.’’

One key question is will the Heat even want him? Dalembert, a defensive minded big man, lost his starting job in Milwaukee to Larry Sanders early in the season and by the end rarely got off the Milwaukee bench. Dalembert didn’t get in the game Sunday (a Heat win).

The Heat already have Chris Andersen off the bench to fill that role (they need to re-sign Andersen this summer). He provides what Dalembert is supposed to provide. Of course, it’s always a matter of price (the Heat will have little money to offer).

It still seems an especially odd time to talk about talk about this and not just say “I’ll deal with that after the playoffs.”

  1. acdc363 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Of course he considers Miami an option. But does Miami consider him one?

    • addictedzone - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      If he’s willing to take a paycut, maybe. That’s the new normal in Miami. If you are willing to take less than what others offer, the Heat might be willing to discuss it.

    • biasedhomer - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      Did you even reads the article? Dalembert himself admits that it is all up to the Heat.

      • biasedhomer - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:54 PM


  2. lakerluver - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    He’s better than Joel and those other stiffs they have on their bench.

  3. readysethike - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Miami could have signed him last year and they didn’t. what makes him think they would sign him next year?

    and what a fool he is to talk about this while his team is playing against them in the playoffs. no wonder he didn’t play on sunday

    • leahcima1 - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Miami made him and offer for this year. He’s Haitian and Miami has a large Haitian community. He is a defensive center which is exactly what the Heat needed, they have a pretty fair offensive team. This guy is so full of himself he turned the Heat down, now he’s begging. I trust Riley won’t return his agents phone calls.

  4. 00maltliquor - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    I just lost all respect for Samuel Dalembert. This the playoffs man! And you’re gonna say some *stuff* like that!!?? What a loser, I hope the Bucks bench him for the rest of the playoffs. I’m not even a Bucks fan (who is?) and I’m pissed off at that.

    • bougin89 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      I agree with your comment, Malt. But had to thumbs down the “I’m not even a Bucks fan (who is?)”.

      And this is where I say “I am a Bucks fan”(in a low depressing tone).

      Everyone’s reply is “hello Bucks fan”(in a low depressing tone all at once).

      Think AA meeting…

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        Fair enough. Nothing to be sad about, y’all got squad. Nice to know that some of you guys exist out there. I’ve known ONE Bucks fan my entire life, and he lives in Las Vegas (from Milwuakee).

    • padraighansen - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      Sadly, I grew up a Bucks fan in Milwaukee. I still am a fan, although I now live in OKC, and, well, you just cannot find two franchises run in polar opposite ways than the Bucks and Thunder. The Bucks are amongst the worst managed franchised in professional sports – not just the NBA. They are not yet to the Florida Marlins / Houston Astros levels, but are borderline on the Pittsburgh Pirates (and as a Brewer fan, it’s great to see the Pirates good again. Great baseball city, stadium, history, and fans)…and getting worse.

      The Bucks made one of the worst trades in NBA history several drafts ago, trading Pat Garrity & Dirk Nowitzki for Tractor Traylor. They made a similar, albeit not as bad, trade this year, sending Tobias Harris to Orlando for J.J. The Rental. For what purpose? To pick in the middle of the pack again?

      Bad contracts (Drew Gooden, anyone?), bad attitudes (half the team), bad defense….ugh. Mike Dunlevy, Larry Sanders, John Henson…that’s about it.

      Pitiful organization.

  5. jeffw - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Uhhh… Bro. Bad timing!

  6. pl4tinum514 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    If I was Jim Boylan I’d make damn sure Dalembert doesn’t see another minute of action this whole series.

  7. pack93z - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    The Bucks have to have been plagued with the worst chemistry over the past couple years as any team in the league.. comments like this just highlight it. They have enough talent to be a competitive team with anyone in the league.. just roster and coaching chemistry is lacking in a major league fashion.

    Whatever the blow up was in practice / locker room with Samuel it must have been a doosy.

  8. eboneseagles - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    I’m sure half the players in the league want to play in Miami, doesn’t mean the Heat want them.

  9. bikingscr016 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Bucks fan here,

    I don’t have a problem with him saying this…but when they are playing the Heat in the playoffs? Where’s the common sense? Not exactly the best timing.

  10. emosnar - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    . . . . tool

  11. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    So he would subjugate himself to the vet minimum when he can get the mini MLE, MLE or even a few bucks above the MLE anywhere else from a number of TRUE contenders? Not just the Minnesotas or Phoenixes of the world?

  12. eugenesaxe - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    I’m sure he’ll consider it, right up until the second someone else offers him more money.

  13. lakerluver - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Where is Charles Oakley, Rick Mahorn, Buck Williams or one of the other enforcers from the past when you need them?! I still love the NBA but the league has changed, and not for the good! When those cats played a clown like Sammy D wouldn’t dare openly talk about joining up with the opposing team. Oakly would’ve bounced a ball off his noggin from across the court like he did Tyrone Hill…

  14. michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    I love how everybody is commenting on his timing based on how he’s “playing against the Heat in the playoffs.” Except… he’s not playing. That’s the whole point of these comments. Dalembert is unhappy with his lack of playing time this season.

  15. therealtrenches - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    When he was in philly, Fail-embert used to say poorly timed things like this, too, suggesting he had no concept of what it means to be on a team. The only surprise here is that he still hasn’t figured it out.

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