The Milwaukee Bucks have been rumored to be shopping Samuel Dalembert around to see if there is any interest in the backup center. After trading for Dalembert this past summer, would the Bucks really consider dealing him right before the Feb. 21 trade deadline?
The reason Milwaukee might not trade Dalembert is because starting center Larry Sanders has been dealing with back problems, which means the Bucks might need the 31-year-old in uniform. Dalembert is a great center to have off the bench because he puts up solid numbers and works well with one of the best second squads in the NBA.
However, the Haiti native recently wrote his name in the record books with an impressive career-high 35 points and 12 rebounds against the Denver Nuggets earlier this week. Dalembert is the first player in league history to put up those numbers while also converting at least 80 percent from the field. The fact that he is capable of putting up a performance such as this means the Bucks would be foolish not to shop him around the NBA. There is certainly high demand among contenders in the East and West for a backup center that has the potential to take over games.
Dalembert also will become a restricted free agent at the end of the year so it would be in Milwaukee’s best interest to try and deal him if the right price comes along. It is difficult to say what exactly the team could get for him, but the fact that he continues to play well in recent contests will only increase his value.
On the other hand, Bucks owner Herb Kohl is known to be a man who wants to win and will do whatever it takes to achieve that goal. Milwaukee has a legitimate shot to make some noise in the playoffs this season with the roster they currently have so it would have to be a great deal in order for the organization to pull the trigger on a potential trade.