Earlier today, Alex Kennedy tweeted the following:
The Houston Rockets are shopping Samuel Dalembert, according to sources. He may be packaged with one of Houston's first-round picks.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 21, 2012
Samuel Dalembert, with one year and just over $7 million left on his contract, is perhaps an ideal candidate as a replacement for Brendan Haywood and one year stop-gap in the continued pursuit of Dwight Howard(who, apparently, is back on the trading block again as the drama wheel continues to spin in Orlando). Of course, Dallas has to have something Houston would want. The Mavs Moneyball team sat down to discuss, in the second installment of OFFSEASON TARGET ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS:
Apparently, Houston may be shopping Samuel Dalembert, perhaps with their 16th pick.Dalembert is a guy that makes a lot of sense for Dallas. He makes less than Haywood or Odom, and is a mobile shotblocker and terrific rebounder. He also has some offensive skill, at least compared to Big Wood. Thought maybe this could be another offseason target roundtable discussion?The main impediment is that Houston has basically no bad contracts, a ton of cap space, and two picks already. So, Dallas doesn't have much to offer them, beyond more cap space and Roddy and Brandon Wright. Houston is probably looking to send of Dalembert and whoever else to add salary and take back someone's salary dump in exchange for extra talent.
Perhaps the thing I love most about Dalembert is his touch. He shoots over 70 percent from the free throw line, which can be such a huge weapon for a big man. Last year, Tyson Chandler usually racked up double-digit scoring games because of high free throw attempts. I wonder if Jason Kidd and the Mavericks gave Chandler more touches and took more chances with delivering the ball to him inside knowing that even if it wasn't a perfect pass, he could collect it, get fouled and knock down his free throws. As much as we say Dallas desperately needs a defensive center, they really could use some offense from the position. It was a huge factor in their title run.But, like you said, there isn't much Houston would want from Dallas. Perhaps Daryl Morey thinks he can reclaim Lamar Odom? Even if they don't retain Goran Dragic, they still have Kyle Lowrey, so there isn't much need for Beaubois or Jones. Also, Morey has been searching ever since the McGrady-Yao era ended for their next big star. He's made shrewd and savvy moves to stay under the cap while picking up desirable trade assets, but has nothing to show for it. I can't imagine Morey wanting to make another stop gap move: he wants a star, come hell or high water.
I'll see what some possibilities might be. Off-hand, maybe Utah and Al Jefferson are in the mix. Kevin McHale coached AlJeff in Minnesota, Houston could send Utah Kyle Lowry since if they resign Dragic Lowry will be overqualified. Utah doesn't have a pick, so I'm sure they'd love to jump back in at #16. Really, Dallas isn't needed in this scenario, but it's interesting.
Haywood lost his confidence once his $50 million contract was paid over. Even if he gets cut/amnestied he will receive it.
I think if he is amnestied he doesn't get the last year, so he ends up with something like $39 mil. I know, I know; how will he live?