* A couple of additions ... after a few more phone calls, it looks like this deal is not near happening. So rest on it. It certainly won't be happening today. But don't think Dalembert is content being a Sixer. His party is actively looking for a new home for the Sixers' center.
Also, I give a 50-50 chance that tomorrow night's starting lineup against the Charlotte Bobcats will be Lou Williams, Andre Iguodala, Rodney Carney, Thaddeus Young, and Samuel Dalembert. If you missed yesterday's post on this issue, scroll down.
And here's the earlier post:
Woke up this morning to this tidbit from Marc Stein at ESPN's TrueHoop:
"There is some hope, according to NBA front-office sources, for a three-way deal that is currently in the exploratory-discussion phase.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings, in considering the feasibility of a Samuel Dalembert-for-Kenny Thomas swap, have discussed expanding that concept with Boston by trying to draw in the Celtics on a potential three-way deal that would land Andres Nocioni with the Celts.
Sources further stressed over the past 48 hours that this should be classified as an ongoing conversation as the teams involved decide how much they like what’s on the table.
But the full deal as it stands, if it eventually gets that far, would send Nocioni to Boston, Kenny Thomas, Tony Allen and Brian Scalabrine to Philadelphia and Dalembert and J.R. Giddens to Sacramento."
Now there are a lot of qualifiers in that post: "exploratory-discussion phase", "if it eventually gets that far," and "considering the feasibility of" ...
We know that Sixers General Manager Ed Stefanski has been looking to trade Dalembert since before the trade deadline last season. I'm currently sitting at 76ers practice waiting for the curtain to open. Will certainly post more information as soon as it's gathered, but for now, having made a few calls, I think this is something to sit tight on. Spoke with Dalembert's agent Marc Cornstein and he said it's no secret the Sixers have called Sacramento -- they've called most teams in the league -- just as Dalembert's people have also explored trade possibilities. He said he'll learn more throughout the day but that right now three-team trades are "very tricky" and he's not expecting anything imminent.
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Here's this bit from "Sactown Royalty," the blog of the Sacramento Bee:
"The Kings would save a solid $4 million this season, give or take as roughly 10 percent of the season's salary has already been paid out. Next season, the Kings would have $46 million in payroll on the books instead of $40 million, and would be out of the running for a major free agent chase, barring something unexpected with the salary cap. The Kings would gain $6.7 million in space in 2011-12 (putting the team at $34 million in commitments without accounting for Spencer Hawes's extension) as the then-31 Nocioni would no longer be on the books. Nocioni's 2012-13 salary is a team option, which is unlikely to be picked up by any team, unless Bueno Aires grabs an expansion club and Dorothy Nocioni is the owner. So basically, the Kings would save roughly $4 million this season, spend an extra $6 million next season and save $6.7 million in '11-12. A net savings of roughly $4.5 million over three seasons."