Jun 17, 2010

Sixers Trade C Samuel Dalembert to Sacramento Kings

The Philadelphia 76ers made a move today trading longtime center Samuel Dalembert to the Sacramento Kings for F Andres Nocioni and C Spencer Hawes. The move was first reported by ESPN.com Chad Ford.

The deal is not yet final, pending physicals, but could be made official as soon as Friday.

Dalembert has played his entire seven year career with the 76ers and is due to become a free agent after next season. The move will give the Sixers a replacement for Dalembert in Hawes and hopefully shed some light on their upcoming draft strategy.

There have been recent reports revealing that the team is second guessing taking Evan Turner with the second pick in next weeks draft. Many are hinting on Derrick Favours as a possible pick for the Sixers but this trade could all but guarantee Turner's selection.

Nocioni is a prototypical small forward and with his 6'7" frame can play the PF position if needed. The Sixers still have a big need for a SG, which is Turner's natural position, and will most likely take Turner with the No. 2 pick.

The deal for Dalembert has been speculated for months. A potential trade was squashed in the regular season but the teams could not agree on specifics. Dalembert is due just over $13 million next season and the move will save the budget strapped Sixers about $3.5 million is salary room with the pickups of Nocioni ($7.5) and Hawes ($2.3).

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