According to a report by Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Milwaukee Bucks have been actively shopping Samuel Dalembert.
The emergence of young center Larry Sanders has apparently made Dalembert expendable in the eyes of Bucks management.
Dalembert’s epic performance during last night’s 114-102 loss to the Denver Nuggets may have raised his value on the trade market tenfold. In 27 minutes off the bench, Samuel scored 35 points on 17 for 21 shooting. He also finished with 12 rebounds (seven offensive), two assists and one blocked shot.
He became the first player in NBA history to score at least 35 points and grab 12 rebounds in less than 27 minutes of action.
Through just 27 games, Dalembert is averaging 6.7 points on 60.6% shooting, as well as 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.
He’s been in the league since the 2001-02 season, playing for four different teams over the last 11 years (Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets). While his playing time has been sparse with the Bucks, Dalembert is still a tremendous asset as a defensive center with great length who can rebound and block shots under the basket.
A recent injury could change Milwaukee’s plans, as Sanders left Tuesday’s game with back spasms. His x-rays were negative, but his status for tonights game against the Utah Jazz is still up in the air. If he were to miss any time, the Bucks could halt any trade plans revolving around Dalembert, as he could provide some depth in his absence, if need be.