06/18/10 9:13 am EST
While the actual trading of Samuel Dalembert to the Sacramento Kings came as no surprise to anyone, the timing of the deal was one of the more shocking Sixers developments in recent memory. The disgruntled Dalembert has been asking for a trade for over a year now and it was well known around the League that the Kings were in hot pursuit of Big Sammy at the 2010 NBA trade deadline, but could not get a deal done. Even though the deal has a long history, it comes as a bit of a surprise that with just one week remaining before the 2010 NBA Draft that the Sixers would ship Dalembert to Sacramento in exchange for forward Andres Nocioni and center Spencer Hawes and thus greatly alter their roster. Typically deals of the nature would take place on Draft night or just after the NBA Draft.
Coming off of his eighth season with the Sixers, Dalembert had one of his strongest years in a Sixer uniform last season. Dalembert put up 22 double-doubles and had the best field goal percentage of his career at 54.5 percent. From January 5th to February 6th, Dalembert recorded 10 or more rebounds in 16 of the 17 games played during that time. This great stretch of play is made even more impressive when you remember that the run came as his native country of Haiti was hit with a devastating earthquake which killed over 230,000 people and left the country in ruins. Dalembert played a large role in the recovery effort and was given the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in April.