Samuel Dalembert had one of the best NBA games that you’ll see last night. It was likely the most efficient night of any basketball player this season–he made LeBron James look like child’s play.
Dalambert had 35 points and 12 rebounds in only 27 minutes of playing time. Dalembert had 27 points in only 12 minutes of play and had only missed one shot at that point. He missed four shots in all last night.
The Bucks ended up folding in that game after a late push by the Denver Nuggets, but that wasn’t Dalembert’s fault. He had the best game of his career undoubtedly and probably made escalated the trade hype surrounding him.
There are a number of teams who could be after Dalembert, but it may be later rather than sooner when the Bucks deal him. The trade deadline is in 15 days, but Larry Sanders went down with an apparent back injury last night. His MRI came back negative today but there has been no word on his status for the Bucks next game.
They could hold off on trading Dalembert because of the Sanders injury, but if Sanders is cleared to play then we may see Dalembert move soon.
The Boston Celtics could use a big like Dalembert. He’s a rebonuder and a shot blocker–something that the Celtics lack. Yes, Garnett is a great defender but he’s not going to erase shots at the rim or give a boost in rebounding. Obviously, Dalembert isn’t a max player but he’ll have a minimal impact on the Celtics defense and rebounding.
Its unlikely that the Celtics would be interested in bringing Dalembert in because of his contract and his age. Dalembert is on an expiring contract, yes, but if you’re trading for him that means you’re looking to keep him. The Celtics would have to resign him to a deal that they may potentially regret in the future, or he could possibly walk depending on the circumstance.
Dalembert is also 32 years old. Its not like the Celtics are a contender this year, so they really don’t have any need for him. But if they were going to make a final push, he’d be a piece that the C’s would possibly be interested in. This is likely the last season that we’ll see the Garnett and Pierce duo in Celtic green so it wouldn’t be very smart to give away possible assets for a center that wasn’t a very hot commodity before last night.