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Sixers Trade Dalembert to Kings

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Dei Lynam,
Thu Jun 17, 9:53 PM UTC

The Samuel Dalembert era has ended in Philadelphia.

The Sixers traded Dalembert to the Sacramento Kings on Thursday afternoon for swingman Andres Nocioni and forward/center Spencer Hawes. Dalembert leaves the Sixers having started 491 of his 582 career games where he averaged 8.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots.

The deal is pending physicals for the players involved.

“We are excited to add two players in Spencer Hawes and Andres Nocioni who will help us immediately and provide us with additional front-court depth,” Sixers president Ed Stefanski said in a statement released by the team. “Spencer is a young seven-footer who will provide us with versatility at the center position, while Andres will provide us with a tough veteran presence.”

Selected 26th overall by the Sixers in the 2001 draft, Dalembert was entering the final year of a six-year contract that would have paid him more than $12 million. Two years ago Dalembert requested a trade, but the Sixers were unable to accommodate him.

Dalembert did have a 15 percent trade kicker in his contract but he had to waive that in order for this deal to go through. Hawes is playing the option year of his rookie contract, and Nocioni has two years guaranteed on his deal.

In 82 games last season, Dalembert averaged 8.1 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. He also played a significant role in raising money to help his native homeland Haiti after a devastating earthquake left thousands dead and thousands more homeless.

Dalembert’s best season came in 2007-08, when he averaged 10.5 points and 10.4 rebounds, but even better than that was his performance in the 2004-05 playoffs. In five games against the Pistons, he averaged 11.4 points and 12.8 rebounds. It was on the heels of that series that the Sixers offered Dalmbert his $50-plus million deal.

Dalembert’s departure opens up the starting center position. Hawes started 59 games for the Kings last season, averaging 10.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, but Elton Brand played a significant amount of time at the five spot this past season.

Doug Collins is on the record saying that he would like to play Andre Iguodala at the small forward position. He has also said how much he loved the play of Thaddeus Young two years ago when Young thrived at the power forward spot. A projected starting line-up could be Jrue Holiday at the point, soon to be selected Evan Turner at the two guard, Iguodala at the three, Young at the four and Brand in the middle.

Meanwhile the 31-year-old Nocioni has averaged double-digit points in four of his six NBA seasons. However, last season he averaged only 8.5 points, his lowest total since his rookie year (8.4).

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