Free agent profile: Samuel Dalembert
This is the sixth post in a series of profiles analyzing a free agent and how he might fit in with the Lakers.
Samuel Dalembert, Sacramento Kings center
At 6-11 and 211 pounds, Dalembert would provide the shot blocking and defensive prowess that would be needed under Mike Brown's defensive system. His presence would also provide the Lakers a legitimate backup to Andrew Bynum, a spot that was severely lacking in seasons past. As indicated by his efforts in helping with relief efforts following 2010 Haiti Earthquake, Dalembert's known for being a model citizen.
Dalembert never developed into a dominant force after the Philadelphia 76ers selected him with the 26th pick out of the 2001 draft. The Lakers may not specifically really need that, considering they wouldn't need him to start. But he asked for the 76ers to trade him because of a reduced role and offered similar sentiments about his first year last season with Sacramento, which consisted of being out of shape partly because an inner thigh injury forced him to miss training camp. He won't bring any attitude problems if the Lakers sign him, but the role they'd be able to offer for him wouldn't match what he's seeking.
Verdict: The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson and the New York Post's Marc Berman report that the Heat and Knicks, respectively, are both hoping they can have him serve a big role on the team's respective frontlines. Both reports indicate the likelihood of a deal hinges on what the new collective bargaining agreement looks like regarding the mid-level exception. But regardless of how that turns out, it's likely the Lakers wouldn't be able to offer the money and role Dalembert wants.
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Photo: Lakers power forward Pau Gasol attempts a shot over Kings center Samuel Dalembert in 2010-2011 season finale on April 13. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press