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Samuel Dalembert | Center

Team: Dallas Mavericks
Age / DOB:  (34) / 5/10/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 250
College: Seton Hall
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The Mavericks will release veteran center Samuel Dalembert.
Even though Dalembert had a guaranteed veteran's deal, he showed up to camp out of shape and hasn't been able to stay healthy. Dalembert is 34 years old, so this could be the end. Following his release, Zaza Pachulia should claim the starting center role pretty easily while JaVale McGee (leg) could see more minutes if he ever gets cleared to play. Oct 24 - 12:39 PM

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Samuel Dalembert (sore left calf) won't travel with the Mavericks for Friday's preseason finale vs. the Bulls.

The Mavericks can't catch a break injury-wise this preseason. This is equally bad news for Dalembert, who is battling for minutes in a triumvirate with Zaza Pachulia and (once healthy) JaVale McGee. We'll consider him questionable for the Mavs' opener on Oct. 28.
Oct 22 - 12:32 AM

Samuel Dalembert (leg) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Suns.

Dalembert has already battled some knee soreness earlier in the preseason, so it's not good to see him back on the injury report. We'll post more details once we find out more details about his injury, though it is likely something minor. Dalembert isn't a reliable fantasy option.
Oct 21 - 10:20 AM

Samuel Dalembert (knee) is expected to return to practice on Monday on a limited basis.

Dalembert's left knee is sore and there is some swelling, but head coach Rick Carlisle didn't seem overly concerned. Dalembert could potentially open the season as the starting center, but Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee will also be vying for minutes. Dalembert is only worth a look in very deep leagues.
Oct 11 - 9:44 AM

Samuel Dalembert sat out of practice on Friday due to a sore left knee.

Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said that Dalembert needs to get better in shape, so it's not surprising to see him pick up an injury already and he is dealing with some swelling. Even if Dalembert wins the starting gig over Zaza Pachulia, he can be ignored outside of deeper leagues.
Oct 9 - 1:38 PM

The Mavericks started Samuel Dalembert at center on Wednesday, and he posted six points, eight rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 21 minutes vs. Houston.

Zaza Pachulia came off the bench for six points and four boards in 15 minutes, and the two veterans are locked in a value-killing timeshare for the foreseeable future. It doesn't help that JaVale McGee (right fibula) will usurp some playing time once, or if, he's healthy enough to return.
Oct 7 - 11:02 PM

Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said Samuel Dalembert needs to get in better shape.

Dalembert has a chance to compete with Zaza Pachulia for the Mavs starting center job, but Carlisle's statement doesn't exactly give him a leg up. We'll keep an eye on his status throughout the preseason, but the 34-year-old can be ignored by fantasy owners.
Sep 29 - 1:28 PM

The Mavericks officially signed Samuel Dalembert on Thursday.

Zaza Pachulia is the favorite to start at center, so Dalembert will have to compete for minutes with new signing Salah Mejri. Dalembert will have a limited role at best, so he shouldn't be considered in fantasy leagues.
Aug 6 - 2:33 PM

Samuel Dalembert agreed to a one-year deal with the Mavericks.

He was with the Mavericks for the 2013-14 season and was at times in coach Rick Carlisle's doghouse. Dalembert is likely just going to be some emergency depth, which will likely be needed because of how often Zaza Pachulia is hurt. He is not worth drafting in fantasy leagues.
Jul 25 - 2:12 PM

Samuel Dalembert is scheduled to meet with the Mavs on Tuesday.

The Mavs are likely going to choose Dalembert, JaVale McGee, Tyler Hansbrough or Elton Brand to add some depth to the bench. Dalembert couldn't get minutes with the Knicks at times last season and would have trouble doing so again next year.
Jul 13 - 6:14 PM

The Mavs are taking a "fresh look" at Samuel Dalembert, according to Marc Stein of

He was with the Mavs in the 2013-14 season and played 20.2 minutes per game during that season. His minutes did dip to 17.0 last season and would likely be below that number next year. Dalembert would be more of a rim protector for the Mavs and wouldn't be involved on the offensive side of things.
Jul 13 - 2:54 PM

Samuel Dalembert officially cleared waivers on Thursday, and he is now free to sign with a team of his choosing.

Dalembert can be viewed as a rebounding and shot-blocking specialist in deep leagues, but until we know what team he'll be playing for, he belongs on the waiver wire.
Jan 8 - 5:29 PM

Samuel Dalembert has been officially waived by the Knicks.

It looks like Cole Aldrich will be the starting center in New York for the foreseeable future, and he can be viewed as a low-end center in standard leagues with averages of 10.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game. Dalembert will likely be able to sign on with another team, but given his extremely low upside, he won't be worth owning in standard leagues regardless of where he lands.
Jan 6 - 5:23 PM

Samuel Dalembert is expected to be waived after the Knicks failed to find a suitable trade for him.

Dalembert couldn't beat out Cole Aldrich and Amare Stoudemire for the starting center job in New York, and the lack of trade interest around the league speaks volumes about his deteriorating production. He'll be a low-end source of rebounds and blocks in fantasy leagues, no matter where he lands.
Jan 5 - 8:06 PM

The Knicks have been "actively" trying to trade Samuel Dalembert and may opt to waive him on Wednesday.

Obviously, they're not getting any takers here. Dalembert had an ankle injury last month, but he was available to play against the Bucks on Sunday and received a DNP-CD. It's pretty clear Cole Aldrich is going to hold down the starting job at center most nights, especially while Amare Stoudemire (knee) is out. Dalembert can be dropped almost everywhere.
Jan 5 - 4:32 PM

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