Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 at 2:00 pm  |  19 responses

Samuel Dalembert: ‘I’m Interested in the Rockets’

Sammy Dalembert recently made a lot of noise about playing in Miami, but then he realized he’d have to take a massive paycut for that to happen. So, now, the free agent big is leaning towards Houston. From Fox Sports: “It remains to be seen just how much of a pay cut a top free agent would take to join the Miami Heat. But at least one admits the Heat’s salary-cap situation could make it difficult. Because they are over the salary cap, the Heat at most will be able to offer a free agent the mid-level exception of $5 million. That might not be enough to entice center Samuel Dalembert. ‘Yeah, that would be tough,” Dalembert said. ‘But you never know. There are trades and things that you could do.’ Dalembert made $13.43 million last season with the Sacramento Kings, which means the mid-level exception would result in a huge pay cut. He was asked if a sign-and-trade might be more realistic option for him to end up with Miami. ‘Maybe something like that,’ said Dalembert, who spoke from his home in Boca Raton, Fla. Dalembert told FOX Sports Florida last week that the three teams he’s targeting are the Heat, New York and Houston. It sounds as if the Rockets, with a gaping hole at center due to the retirement of Yao Ming and plenty of money to spend in free agency, are his preference at this point. ‘Houston, that one is the best,’ said Dalembert. He later added, ‘I’m interested in the Rockets. They have a good team over there, a running team.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    miami does not want you via a sign and trade which will give you more money. Your barely worth the mid level

  • tomtom

    Nobody cares who you are interested in…take what your given and move along, there will be no big SammyD decision ‘i’m taking my lack of talent to…’

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    no no no…he’s actually interested in Rockets…like that space craft. Who know what team he wants to go to.

  • Fletch213

    Houston should develop Thabeet instead of signing him IMO

  • Waggle

    I can’t believe he made that much last year. Wow.

  • Charles

    This guy is not worth 1 million.

  • Actual Factuals

    How is this man not sitting in a Sacramento Jail right about now? He stole over $13 mil from the Kings? Damn that is just tuuurrible SMH

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com K.Holiday

    He can’t really think he’s worth more than the mid-level exception right? You would be playing with D-Wade, Lebron and Bosh and getting $5 million to do it!! You should take money because you’re not even better than the Big 3′s KIDS!

  • http://www.kittywilde.com RunNGun

    Knicks… mang… Knicks… daz where you funna go!

  • #6marjons

    BREAKING NEWS: look over there!

  • dma

    YOU CANT TEACH SIZE. i wish i was 7 foot tall.

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

    Oh my god, please don’t sign this guy. Please.

  • Will Lee

    the title’s like: I wanna buy the Rockets

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/media/slam-tv/2009/12/video-did-dalembert-block-iguodalas-shot/ Caboose

    Click my name. This is why he should barely even be playing pro ball.

  • tomtom

    @caboose No Thanks.

  • D

    I think he’s gonna get sign its looking like it…I hope morey is chasing DeAndre Jordan if he signs Dalemburt also…that be GOOD if just sammy then noooooooooooo

  • Louie

    DUMB move on Dalembert’s part. He had a chance to play with a team with the most Championship potential, he woulda been perfect for Miami. He says signing for the mid-level would be “tough”…dude, he avg 8 POINTS LAST SEASON, he’s doesnt deserve more than that. Smh, he’s the one that said two weeks ago “when it comes to Free Agency, you shouldn’t base on your whole situation on money”…Seems to me that he did, oh well.

  • Louie

    Oh and he wants to go the rockets?! LOL a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs in what, 3 seasons ?! Smh foh, I’m glad Miami decided to sign Shane Battier, now lets see what Eddy Curry can do.