NBA Rumors: 76ers Must Keep Wheeling and Dealing To Justify Dalembert Trade

June 22nd, 2010 by Bryan Toporek Leave a reply »
I was enjoying a company picnic on Thursday when I got the text message that haunted me all day: The 76ers were trading Samuel Dalembert to the Sacramento Kings for Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes .

My instant reaction wasn't suitable for print.

While it's nice to know that Sixers fans will never have to suffer another Samuel Dalembert jumper, it's hard to swallow the fact that the team just abandoned nearly $13 million of cap space in 2011 for players of Hawes and Nocioni's caliber.

The Sixers signed Sammy D to a 6-year, $60 million extension back in 2005 (thanks again, Billy King!), and had to wait out five years of his 8.1-point, 8.3-rebound, and 1.9-block-per-game career average before he'd become valuable again.  No team in their right mind would have traded for Dalembert when he had three years and $32 million left on his deal, but when there was only one year left on the deal…

Dalembert had a 15 percent trade kicker in his contract, making Dalembert that much more untradeable.  (What team in their right mind would pay him $1 ...

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