NBA: So you want to be a sports wagerer...huh?? You had better have a cast iron stomach, because if you let it, sports capping can ruin your health. Case in point, with about half the third period over...the Thunder, yes the Thunder are up by 7. Same club that a couple of days ago got DESTROYED by this same Spurs club.....Absolutely NUTS. We will see,...but Damn.
It's no secret that the Kings were not happy with Hawes' development and were beginning to give up on him as their franchise center. Nocioni's name has also been tossed around trade rumors as Sacramento was hoping to get rid of the three years, $21 million remaining on his contract (though the final year has a team option on it.) Dalembert gives them a true center who isn't known for his scoring but is more of a rebounder, physical presence. Plus, he only has one year remaining on his deal so the Kings will clear more cap space next summer even though they took on an additional $3-plus million for the upcoming season by making this trade. Dalembert could also be used as a trading chip during the season for a team looking to dump some salary and give away a good player.
What is most interesting is how this affects Sacramento's draft plans. With the fifth pick, it has been believed they are targeting DeMarcus Cousins or Greg Monroe. Even though Dalembert is a free agent, the Kings may now be switching their focus to a wing player like Al-Farouq Aminu or hoping Wesley Johnson falls to them. They could also try to trade down and still grab Aminu, or someone like Xavier Henry or Gordon Hayward. The Pistons, who hold the seventh pick, could be a potential trade partner as they would like to move into the five spot to try and get Cousins or Monroe.
Why this makes sense for Philadelphia:
Doug Collins took the head coaching job in Philly with the intent of winning now. This trade helps somewhat meet that goal, as Nocioni's toughness and versatility will be a welcomed addition to the Sixers' roster. However, Hawes is a downgrade from Dalembert and now leaves a hole to be filled in the middle. While this deal saves Philadelphia more than $3 million in cap space for this upcoming season, it gives them less flexibility for the future.
The biggest development stemming from this deal is the increased possibility of the 76ers taking Derrick Favors with the second pick in the draft rather than Evan Turner, whom most people expect them to take. Philly now has a need for a big man more so than a scoring wing and could be inclined to select the Georgia Tech freshman. Philly might not be done dealing before the 2010 NBA Draft though as they would still like someone to take on Elton Brand's awful contract.