Knicks plan on holding onto Samuel Dalembert

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

By trading Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to the Mavericks, what the Knicks have acquired in return is an immense amount of relief, flexibility and valuable assets to utilize in the near future. 

USATSI_7896163_110579513_lowresPart of that flexibility comes in the form of Samuel Dalembert’s contract, which includes a team option for next season. If he were to be let go, the Knicks would owe him less than $2 million next season. Should they retain his services, however, he’d make just under $4 million.

Following the deal, waiving Dalembert would become the difference between the Knicks being able to utilize the full midlevel exception ($5 million), instead of the taxpayer mini-midlevel ($3.2 million). But as fate would have it, they’ll likely choose to keep him anyway, according to reporter Marc Berman (NY Post, June 26).

According to Berman, the Knicks like Dalembert. To be fair, how could a team not see value in a contract like his? Dalembert is a respectable starting center, and has a reputation as one of the better shot-blockers in the league. Last season, he averaged 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in just 20.2 minutes per game. His career averages are a bit higher, and if he’s granted more minutes, his numbers will get there and his impact will be felt.

Dalembert is an ideal center for the Knicks during this time of transition, and not simply just because of his good value. He’s the type of the big man who doesn’t do too much, but certainly gets the job done. What you see is what you get. Dalembert is a veteran whose reputation is well known throughout the league. He’s a competitor.

In many ways, he’ll provide the team with almost as much as they were given by Chandler. The former Defensive Player of the Year has been known to carry himself with a bit more energy, aggressiveness and intensity, but frankly, almost all of that was lacking for New York last season anyway.

Dalmerbert isn’t as much of a fighter, nor will he be hitting the glass aiming for tip-backs quite as much. Perhaps the game comes a bit more naturally to him. Over the past three seasons, the Knicks were hoping to watch Chandler emerge as somewhat of a more formidable option on offense. That never exactly happened, so the fact that Dalembert won’t make much of an impact on that side of the ball shouldn’t be a concern.

Ironically enough, despite trading an all-star big man in Chandler, the Knicks can potentially remain competitive with Dalembert manning the front line. This deal had plenty to do with gaining flexibility going forward, but New York hasn’t appeared to sacrifice much in player talent. Kudos to Phil Jackson.

What’s more, retaining Dalembert would appear to be a smart move when considering other free agent big men as well. For all of the aforementioned reasons, the veteran would have been a reasonable target for the Knicks this summer regardless.

The Knicks won the trade with Dallas for many reasons, but Dalembert could prove to be the steal of the deal.




342 comments
truestory
truestory

Knicks have told a few prospects that they are trying to get into the first round, so a number of players think they may be NY-bound in 1st.

— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 26, 2014

barnaby87
barnaby87

Considering how many players we currently have on the roster, I would be surprised if at least one pick is spent on an international player.  Walter Tavares would be an interesting pick.

Fric Ealkman
Fric Ealkman

Joel Embiid tweeted Wednesday night that he would be joining the Lakers, but then followed that up with a tweet saying that a friend was playing with his phone.

Embiid's verified account tweeted "i'm a laker" around 10:10 PM, but that tweet was deleted and followed up with a tweet that said "Friend playing with phone" at 1:15 AM. The 20-year-old would have to slip down the draft board a bit to fall to the Lakers, but his back troubles and his most recent foot surgery wouldn't make a drop to completely shocking. We'll have to wait until Thursday night's NBA Draft before we know what the truth here is, but we'll give Embiid a few bonus points for not claiming his phone was hacked.

chudogz1
chudogz1

Mock draft has us taking Glen Robinson 3rd and Myron Guyton. Glen and THJR reuniting sounds good to me, or THJR and McGary reuniting sounds good too... Go Knicks! Phil for Mayor... He should tell Jeannie Buss he will go down on her for the 7th pick, and they can have Stat.... Nash and Stat reconnecting sounds very enticing. ;)

chudogz1
chudogz1

LeBron opted out early, like a week early if I'm not mistaken. I believe it was to give teams, AS WELL AS THE KNICKS, time to do what they can to make space for him. Just because he may want to play with Melo, doesn't mean it has to be in Miami. In 2010 we had Stat as a possible side kick, now we have Melo, although I know some of you think Melo can't attract any stars, he can!

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

The downside is the impact of Calderon’s contract on New York’s 2015 free-agency dreams. The Knicks can still re-sign Melo and get max-level cap space next summer, but doing so may require some painful roster cuts. The Knicks, as things stand now, can’t get into the $20 million cap-room range if they keep Larkin and next season’s pick, as well as maintain Iman Shumpert’s cap hold when he enters free agency. Jackson likes Shumpert, and has so far rebuffed efforts from Oklahoma City, Miami, and other teams to get him.


http://grantland.com/the-triangle/let-the-nba-trading-season-begin/

barnaby87
barnaby87

@bockers I'd rather keep Shump and swing Larkin in that deal instead

chudogz1
chudogz1

@orlando_knickfan. Worst pick ever... RON ARTEST was staring at us... SMH

chudogz1
chudogz1

@carl hill. Gallo and Jordan Hill... Add in Reynaldo Balkman, Fredvik Weiss, Mike Sweetney and Othella Harrington.... No wonder Knicks fans think the draft is a CRAP shoot ..

barnaby87
barnaby87

@carl hill Frederic Weis and Jordan Hill?  Confused by this one.  Michael Sweetney?

chudogz1
chudogz1

@SheSaidSpikeWho. Contracts are way more tradeable, and I don't think Phil wants to get into a bidding war for Shump. He probably just hasn't gotten a fair offer, or he wants to see which players are available in the draft, before pulling the trigger.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Only if that includes Irving

chudogz1
chudogz1

@FricEalkman @orlando_knickfan @NYKnickerBocker. They think Dolan is still our GM... LOL

josedolan
josedolan

@SheSaidSpikeWho They would never live in the shadows of Jordan or Kobe. 


If Lebron wins in NY with Melo. He will be the King of the NBA for life!

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@SheSaidSpikeWho I don't see it. Melo and Kobe are both Alpha Dog's. LeBron fits but why go play with an old Kobe and Nash? 

chudogz1
chudogz1

@SheSaidSpikeWho. He definitely was. He contacted Melo while they were both in different parts of Europe. He also said he plans on having a face to face when he gets back.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@SheSaidSpikeWho

Kobe: "Why don't ya'll join me in LA? I need decoys to give me the rock man."

Lebron: "Man, you crazy."

josedolan
josedolan

@Fric Ealkman What is so special about Houston that makes it so sexy? 


FO? Coaching? The Amazing D Howard? They are not even the best Team in their own State! 


NY, Miami, LA And Chi are best options for them. They will NOT go to a small market.

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Fric Ealkman. Yesterday's news...Houston is getting left at the alter, ending up with Kyle Lowry, whom they already had! That's what I think.

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@chudogz Othella Harrington wasn't drafted by us...we traded for his bum @$$.

chudogz1
chudogz1

@josedolan. He gotta do some Zen with his tongue ;)

knickfan2
knickfan2

Rose doesn't want anyone who may have the ball more than him.

knickfan2
knickfan2

Chudogz, that was meant for the Jeremy Line deal supposedly in place already.

chudogz1
chudogz1

@knickfan2. No doubt. Wasn't sure! I agree with you 100%.. Lin is rubbish

chudogz1
chudogz1

@thatsagoodpoint. Now were talking, as I stated days ago... Just like Bulls and Houston, we can take out the garbage also!

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@orlando_knickfan @thatsagoodpoint  I don't think that's true. Even if the Knicks move Amare for nothing in return which is damn near impossible in itself I still don't think the Knicks can sign another max player along with Melo because of Melo's cap hold. They have to lose Melo or renounce his rights to sign LeBron at which point Melo won't be here so LeBron wouldn't come anyway

chudogz1
chudogz1

@thatsagoodpoint. I know, but when I mentioned it, my parade got rained on. Sometimes it's better to agree, then waste time throwing insults at each other, especially when I stated I was "dreaming"... Now it's all coming around full circle, and sometimes dreams come true!

chudogz1
chudogz1

@thatsagoodthing. Agreed, but every team is pipe dreaming right now, why can't we is all I'm saying?