According to Brett Pollakoff of NBC Sports, Samuel Dalembert, who was once the starting Center for the New York Knicks, could be available for a trade.
To start off the season, Dalembert was the starting big man in the middle. A few months later, the Knicks only have five wins, and Cole Aldrich is playing better basketball than Dalembert. Defense has always been Dalembert’s “claim to fame,” but he gives you close to nothing on offense and that’s the type of player that the Knicks don’t need right now.
There are a few playoff teams that could use the services of a rim protector and rebounder however. The Cavaliers and the Blazers are two teams that come to mind. The good thing about Dalembert is that he won’t be much of a salary cap hit because he’s only guaranteed $1.85 million. Via Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe:
One player who could be available over the next few weeks is Knicks center Samuel Dalembert, who has only $1.85 million guaranteed on his contract this season and has fallen out of the rotation in New York with the improved play of Cole Aldrich. Dalembert, 33, could help a playoff-caliber team in the second half of the season. The Knicks could waive Dalembert, save the remaining money, and allow him to become a free agent.
The Knicks would be doing the right thing for their future if they find a way to get rid of Dalembert. Obviously it would be better to get something for him, but getting rid of him in general and giving guys like Aldrich some experience is still a plus. Look for some playoff teams to contact the Knicks very soon.