After a poor season for both teams, the Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings agreed on a swap that sends center Samuel Dalembert out west and Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes back East. From the AP report:
PHILADELPHIA — Samuel Dalembert got his wish.
Dalembert asked for a trade last year because he was unhappy with his role. Now, he got it.
“We are excited to add two players in Spencer Hawes and Andres Nocioni who will help us immediately and provide us with additional frontcourt depth,” Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski said in a statement. “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.”
Dalembert was Philadelphia’s longest-tenured player, but he played for seven different coaches and never developed into a dominant force after being drafted in the first round in 2001. The 6-foot-11 center averaged 8.1 points and 8.3 rebounds in eight seasons with the Sixers and often was mentioned in trade rumors.
He joins a team that was 25-57 and had the second-worst record in the Western Conference.
The Kings acquire a solid defensive presence and a mammoth expiring contract all in one, and they deal Hawes probably to make room for a big man in the draft like DeMarcus Cousins or Greg Monroe.
The Sixers continue the rebuilding process and get rid of their disgruntled center.