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Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson: Dallas will keep Samuel Dalembert

Apr 2, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT

Samuel Dalembert, Mike Dunleavy

Samuel Dalembert’s contract expires after next season. It includes a 2014-15 salary of $3,867,282, of which only $1.8 million is guaranteed.

In other words the Mavericks have two options for Dalembert:

  • Pay him $3,867,282 and have him on the roster
  • Pay him $1.8 million and not have him on the roster

Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, via Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News:

“He’s got a contract for next year,” Nelson said. “Absolutely we’ll have Sam back. Great guy. If we can get him to show up on time to practice, that’ll be a step in the right direction.”

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Dalembert’s full salary will cut into the Mavericks’ cap room this summer – and they should have a significant amount of space – but he’s also a bargain. Dallas’ starting center, Dalembert is averaging 6.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 20.3 minutes per game.

He’ll turn 33 before next season (maybe even this season if the Mavericks extend their playoff run to May 10), and as Nelson alluded, Dalembert has issues managing his time. But that’s why Dallas got him so cheaply.

The Mavericks are 9-1 in the 10 games Dalembert has played most. They need to figure out how to get more Dalembert, not less – and that’s why they’re keeping him.

Then again, if Dalembert’s salary becomes the difference between adding an impact free agent and not, the plan could change. There’s a reason his contract isn’t fully guaranteed.

  1. apkyletexas - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    The last couple of months is the first time in his career I’ve seen him really running and flowing well on both offense and defense. He’s actually become a bit of a threat, as the savvy vets on the team have finally figured out where the best spots are on the floor to feed him the ball for a quick dunk or alley-oop. He’s fairly athletic in an awkward way – sort of like a very tall Ginobili – a lot of elbows and odd angles.

  2. alongthegulf - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Samuel Dalembert has been around for a number of years and played for different teams. He been given a lot of opportunities and never took advantage of them. At best, he just average. That’s not what the Mavs need. I’m still mad at the fact that Marcin Gortat signed an offer sheet from the Mavs that the Magic matched the offer. At Orlando he was the back up center. With the Mavs he would have been the starting center. That’s where the center situation started.

  3. areyesrn - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    he’s still in the league?

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