Samuel Dalembert got his trade wish Thursday when the Philadelphia 76ers dealt him to the Sacramento Kings for Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes.
An unhappy Dalembert asked for a trade last year.
“Spencer is a young 7-footer who will provide us with versatility at the center position, while Andres will provide us with a tough veteran presence,” said Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski
Dalembert, a 6-foot-11 center, played for seven different coaches in eight seasons but never developed into a dominant force. He is expected to add a major defensive presence to the Kings, who went 25-57 last season.
Hawes, a former Washington Husky, averaged 10 points and 6.1 rebounds last season. He’s not as effective as Dalembert blocking shots, but fits in better at center.
Nocioni, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 8.5 points for the Kings last season.
DAY FOR A KING
LeBron James’ hometown is throwing him a big party, but nobody knows if he’s even coming.
James’ contributions to Akron will be celebrated today at “LeBron Appreciation Day,” a three-hour event organized by community leaders with NBA free agency looming on July 1.
The likely selection of John Wall as the No. 1 overall draft pick came to bit closer to fruition when the Kentucky point guard worked out for the Washington Wizards. Wall ran through a 30-minute session overseen by coach Flip Saunders, general manager Ernie Grunfeld and new team owner Ted Leonsis. …
Darius Miles, a former No. 3 overall pick in the draft derailed by what was called a “career-ending knee injury” and off-court problems, says he is determined to play in the NBA again. He’s competing this week in an obscure free-agent camp for the Charlotte Bobcats.