Samuel Dalembert C NY 5 Months

Samuel Dalembert has been traded to the Knicks.

Only $1.8 million of his $3.9 million is guaranteed, so he's definitely a candidate to be cut, which would help alleviate the Knicks' cap space. Although, the Knicks do not really have a decent center on their roster right now, so he won't be cut unless it's a do-or-die case to make room for a max guy. He'd be a sneaky late-round pick as long as he's still on the Knicks' roster.

Samuel Dalembert C NY 5 Months

The Knicks are close to acquiring Samuel Dalembert from the Knicks.

Coach Rick Carlisle has put Dalembert in his doghouse on numerous occasions, so they won't have a problem shipping him to the Knicks. The worst part of this deal would be the Mavericks taking on an extra $5.8 million in salary, which may limit them in bringing in a big-name free agent.

Samuel Dalembert C NY 7 Months

Sam Dalembert (ankle) was a full participant in Friday morning's shootaround.

Dalembert is not expected to be limited on Friday night despite spraining his right ankle early in Game 5. He's averaging 4.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks while playing 21.4 minutes so far in the series. Dalembert has proven he can be an effective rim protector and rebounder when his head is on straight.

Samuel Dalembert C NY 7 Months

Samuel Dalembert practiced on Thursday despite dealing with a sore right ankle.

Dalembert rolled his ankle in the first half of Wednesday's Game 5 defeat, which he finished with two points, nine rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes. Brandan Wright got more playing time with Dalembert on the bench down the stretch, but Sammy should be fine for Friday's game as the Mavs try to force a decisive Game 7.

Samuel Dalembert C NY 8 Months

Samuel Dalembert had 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks in Tuesday's win over the Jazz.

He's gotten solid minutes and played very well over his last four games, averaging 10.5 points, 9.25 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. If you need a cheap big man down the stretch, Dalembert looks like a nice option.

Samuel Dalembert C NY 8 Months

Samuel Dalembert scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting with 14 rebounds, one steal and one block in just 21 minutes on Friday against the Lakers.

Despite one dud this past week, Dalembert has turned in early round value over his last six games with averages of 9.5 points, 8.0 boards and 2.3 blocks while hitting 76.7 percent of his shots. Owners should simply hang on until the wheels fall off.

Samuel Dalembert C NY 8 Months

Samuel Dalembert played 29 minutes vs. the Clippers on Thursday with 12 points, six boards and two blocks.

Due to the matchup against the Warriors, Dalembert played just seven minutes. Tonight was a different story with the size of the Clippers and he spent a lot of time on Blake Griffin. His previous four games before that game vs. the Warriors yielded an average of 25.5 minutes per game, so his owners should just give him a pass for that one dud.

Samuel Dalembert C NY 8 Months

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle confirmed that he played Samuel Dalembert only seven minutes on Tuesday because he was matching up with the Warriors.

"Credit [the Warriors]. They made it their kind of game," said Carlisle, who gave more minutes to Brandan Wright and DeJuan Blair in the tough OT loss. Dalembert was on a roll prior to Tuesday's disappearance, and he should fare better vs. DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers on Thursday.

Samuel Dalembert C NY 8 Months

Samuel Dalembert played just seven minutes against the Warriors on Tuesday with two points and three boards.

He was coming in with some serious momentum, but coach Rick Carlisle went with a smaller lineup tonight. This isn't the first time Dalembert moved back into a secondary role and it probably won't be his last. The big man played at least 20 minutes in the three previous games vs. the Warriors, but the Warriors not having Andrew Bogut might have been a factor. His owners shouldn't totally panic and the Mavs should use him more on Thursday vs. the Clippers.

Samuel Dalembert C NY 8 Months

Mavericks president Donnie Nelson said that Samuel Dalembert will "absolutely" be with the team in the final year of his contract next season.

"Absolutely we'll have Sam back. Great guy," said Nelson. "If we can get him to show up on time to practice, that'll be a step in the right direction." The good-natured joke has some truth to it since Dalembert's drive and consistency aren't exemplary, but he's stepped up his game with averages of 9.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 2.7 blocks in the Mavs' past six games. He's worth deploying in fantasy leagues until he cools off.