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Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 at 6:20 pm  |  12 responses

Houston Rockets Sign Samuel Dalembert to 2-Year, $13.7 Million Deal


The Houston Rockets were blocked at the rim when they tried to acquire Pau Gasol as part of the Chris Paul trade/fiasco, so they’ll have to settle for the next best thing … Sammy Dalembert? I guess. ESPN reports: “The Houston Rockets have reached terms on a new contract with free-agent center Samuel Dalembert, according to sources close to the situation. Sources told ESPN.com that Dalembert has agreed to a two-year deal worth $13.7 million — $7 million this season and $6.7 million in 2012-13. But the Rockets have a team option for the second season that would allow them to buy out of the contract for a fee of $1.5 million. Dalembert told Fox Sports Florida on Tuesday night that he 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verge of re-signing with the Sacramento Kings, but the Kings issued a news release Wednesday afternoon saying they had withdrawn their offer to Dalembert. The Rockets held a face-to-face visit with Dalembert early in free agency but made no secret that their dream target to replace the retired Yao Ming was Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol. The Rockets thought they had Gasol, too, only for NBA commissioner David Stern to step in and veto a three-team trade that would have sent Chris Paul from the league-owned New Orleans Hornets to the Lakers and Gasol to Houston.”

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  • Hum

    FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hum

    Dalembert is so over-rated

  • houstone713tejas

    SECOND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    LAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Boo

  • ryan

    well not bad signing there

  • http://www.facebook.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    boring move on an actually semi-interesting team

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Good move, for now. The Rockets have four very good point guards right now… Jeremy Lin is looking good, but I have no idea how the Rockets can sign him with Lowry, Dragic, and Flynn in the line-up. I really hope he finds a team, though. David Stern’s Dikembe-esque moves really caught the Rockets off guard… They needed to make room for Marcus Morris and Terrence Williams to develop. Desperately.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Starting line-up should have been:
    1. Lowry
    2. Terrence Williams
    3. Marcus Morris
    4. Pau Gasol
    5. Samuel Dalembert
    Bench: Johnny Flynn, Courtney Lee, Chase Buddinger, Jeremy Lin, Patrick Patterson… A lot of good young talent to be developed–I don’t see the point in wasting any time getting to it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    i like t will but i don’t think he should start over lee…… or chase

  • T-Money

    teddy: jeremy lin is not good. the rockets made a business move by signing him since they already got a large following in china with yao, that’s it.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Teddy – no way Buddinger comes off the bench behind Wiliiams OR Morris – much less both of them. You forgot Jordan Hill in that bench list too.
    Regarding this move – absolutely “I guess…” sentiment.
    We now have one of the worst passing forward/centre squads in the League, now that Battier and Hayes are gone. Williams is a bone-head 50% of the time, and Dalembert averaged 0.1 assists a game last year. Scola and Patterson are average – not poor, or superior passers. Hill is slightly above average, but won’t be an isolation guy who’ll demand the double-team and thus make the correct pass. Sigh.
    Rockets just need 1 guy who can pass at a Divac/Webber/Bogut/Noah level. Then we’d be set with young talent.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    T-Money – although I agree with the business move, I disagree regarding the ability to play. He was fine vs the Spurs yesterday, and was involved in the run that brought the Rockets level late in the game.
    Also, worth checking out Coach Pop’s quotes post-game. Hilarious. Said something like “there are two coaches very glad that game didn’t go into overtime”.

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