Milwaukee Bucks Make Deal for Houston's Dalembert

Matthew SundbergCorrespondent IIJune 27, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 06:  Samuel Dalembert #21 of the Houston Rockets dribbles to the basket in front of Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on April 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Milwaukee Bucks pulled the trigger Wednesday evening on a trade with the Houston Rockets.

Center Samuel Dalembert will be making the leap to Milwaukee, leaving Houston after just one season. The 6'11" big man brings immediate help to the Bucks' position of most need. In 10 NBA seasons he has average 8.0 ppg and 8.2 rpg.

Milwaukee unloads a flurry of bench players in Jon Brockman and Jon Leuer and guard Shaun Livingston in return, and only gives up two spots with the teams swapping picks at the No. 12 and 14 spots.

The move brings a certain amount of intrigue to Milwaukee's draft strategy on the eve of the big day.

Most experts had the Bucks addressing size issues in the first round, but with the departure of Livingston, there's a sudden back-up guard spot that needs to be filled. The two prominent guards of Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings will prove to be explosive, but besides Beno Udrih, the depth of the position needs to be addressed.

Milwaukee has been showing interest in UConn's Jeremy Lamb, as well as Lamb in Milwaukee according to team tweets.

Houston on the other hand is speculated to be putting together enough of a package to make a serious run at Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard. This trade comes a day after the Rockets traded Chase Budinger to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the No. 18 pick, securing three selections in the top 20.

The Bucks can go a number of ways tomorrow with the No. 14 overall pick, especially now with some of the size questions answered. This draft will be hard to predict, especially with all the late moves taking place.

Milwaukee will most likely have to have a couple of selections ready and let the draft chips fall before making a selection.