NBA Free Agents 2011: Samuel Dalembert Destinations
In a thin market for free agents, Sacramento Kings center Samuel Dalembert may find himself in high demand.
Once Tyson Chandler, Nene, and Marc Gasol get signed or re-signed, teams with holes in the middle will be looking to the Haiti native to anchor their defense.
In Sacramento Dalembert was a defensive anchor that set the tone and protected the rim. He also was nonexistent on offense. This could be a skill set that fits in well with many teams.
Here are some possible landing spots for Samuel Dalembert.
These guys would feel good knowing they have a goalie playing defense behind them.
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Miami is a natural fit for Dalembert. They have a major need at center. They will have a mid-level exception available to use to make an upgrade on defense. Best for Dalembert, it would move him as close as possible to his home land of Haiti.
Van Gundy can't coach his defense without players who will play it.
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The Yao Ming era appears to be over
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Dalembert will likely not be wearing this jersey ever again
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Atlanta is another team that makes sense for Dalembert. The Hawks could move to get Al Horford more minutes at his more natural power forward position by bringing in a legitimate center to play next to him. This is another team loaded on offense that might be looking for more balance.
New York Knicks
The New York Knicks may be in the market for defensive difference makers. Another big man would help them take pressure off of Amare Stoudamire. Dalembert would likely have to take less money to go to New York. Could the chance to play alongside Amare and Melo be enough to get Dalembert to do that?