After acquiring Samuel Dalembert via trade last summer, the Milwaukee Bucks are now shopping the 31-year-old big man prior to Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. Dalembert, merely a role player for the majority of his 11-year career, has taken advantage of his minutes with Milwaukee and his value has probably reached its peak.
In other words, the Bucks are spot on in realizing that now is the perfect time to shop the veteran center. At 6’11″, 250 pounds, Dalembert has both the size and experience to make a considerable impact for a playoff-caliber squad in search of some help down low.
The Bucks need every minute they can get from Dalembert right now, but that won’t be the case once the young and talented Larry Sanders recovers from a bruised back suffered just a few games before the All Star break. Sanders is only 24 years old and Milwaukee is a much better team defensively when he is on the court. Truth be told, his potential is through the roof. After returning to health, Dalembert’s services simply won’t be needed.
But there are other teams that can and will use Dalembert should the Bucks be able to whip up a deal and send the big man out of town. The Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets are just a couple contenders that come to mind. Dalembert could become a double-double machine for one of those teams if given an ample amount of minutes, feasting off of his teammate’s missed shots the way he has in Milwaukee.
Dalembert has been able to help the Bucks compensate for bad shooting nights from Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings by cleaning up on the offensive glass. He scored 35 points and hauled in 12 rebounds against Denver on Feb. 5, so the Nuggets are certainly aware of the damage he can do.
That said, Dalembert is on the wrong side of 30 and his value won’t get much higher than what it is now. Right now, though, he’s providing excellent interior defense and hulking on the glass. Not to say Dalembert has ever been a bad player, but he’s arguably never played this good.
Trading Dalembert likely isn’t going to do much to help the Bucks this season, but they currently aren’t legitimate contenders anyway. He’s a free agent at season’s end, so now is definitely the time to try and see what type of help (draft picks or players) you can bring in for the future.
Any potential move obviously isn’t going to be a blockbuster deal, but every little bit helps, right?