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New York Knicks center Samuel Dalembert could be available for trade after being dropped from the starting line-up and seeing his minutes plummet.
Dalembert began the season as a starter for coach Derek Fisher, but that hasn’t been the case for 10 of the last 11 games due in part to a career-low field goal percentage.
The former Dallas Mavericks star’s lack of defense has made him a liability on the court, and it isn’t one that either Fisher or the Knicks can afford as they continue to slump.
Cole Aldrich has replaced Dalembert in the line-up and it is understood that the Knicks coaching staff have liked what they have seen from him and plan on continuing giving him heavy minutes.
While Dalembert is dispensable in New York, it is still felt that he could play a role on a playoff-calibre team through the second half of the season and so there is likely to be some interest.
“One player who could be available over the next few weeks is Knicks center Samuel Dalembert, who has only $1.85 million guaranteed on his contract this season and has fallen out of the rotation in New York with the improved play of Cole Aldrich,” Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports.
“Dalembert, 33, could help a playoff-caliber team in the second half of the season. The Knicks could waive Dalembert, save the remaining money, and allow him to become a free agent.”
The Knicks could well be interested in giving him up if they can acquire a decent asset or a future Draft pick in return as this summer is likely to be a key rebuilding stage for the franchise.