76ers trade Samuel Dalembert to Kings for Spencer Hawes and Andres Nocioni

The Sacramento Kings today acquired Samuel Dalembert in a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Spencer Hawes and Andres Nocioni, it was announced by Kings’ President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie.

According to the Sacramento Bee, “Dalembert, who attended Seton Hall and was the 26th overall selection of the 2001 NBA Draft by the 76ers, comes to the Kings in the final year of his contract. He is scheduled to make $12,200,000.”

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, “Nocioni has two years remaining on his contract, with an option for a third. The two years are valued at about $13 million. Hawes, a first-round draft pick in 2007, is still under his rookie deal.”

“We’re excited about the acquisition of Samuel Dalembert,” explained Petrie. “He will certainly bring a defensive presence and increase our ability to defend around the basket with his rebounding, shot-blocking and athleticism. I think he’ll add a very different look to our team defensively and we’re really excited about having him. I also want to thank Spencer and Andres for their contributions here and wish them well with Philadelphia. It’s been an enjoyable time with both of them.”

Dalembert, a 6-11, 250-pound center, who just finished his eighth NBA season (all with Philadelphia), has amassed career averages of 8.1 points (.527 FGs, .692 FTs), 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game through 582 contests. His most productive season occurred during the 2006-07 campaign when he averaged 10.7 points (.541 FGs and .746 FTs), 8.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game over 82 outings, of which he started all 82 games. Dalembert has averaged 8.6 points (.521 FGs, .658 FTs), 9.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game through 17 career playoff contests. He ranked fifth in the NBA in blocks (1.84 bpg) in 2009-10 and has swatted away 140 or more shots in six of the last seven seasons. He ranks second in career blocks (1,131) in 76ers history, trailing only Julius Erving (1,293). Dalembert has played in all 82 games in each of the last four seasons and has a consecutive games played streak of 354. He led Philadelphia in rebounding with a 9.6 average in 2009-10, ranking him 12th in the NBA. He was the 2009-10 recipient of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizen Award presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association. Dalembert was a first round pick (26th overall) by the 76ers in the 2001 NBA Draft out of Seton Hall after his sophomore season. He finished with career averages of 7.1 points (.537 FGs, .539 FTs) and 5.8 rebounds per game through 59 outings over his two-year career at Seton Hall.

At 7-1 and 245 pounds, Hawes, a center, recently finished his third NBA season (all with the Kings). He has totaled career averages of 8.8 points (.466 FGs, .314 3FGs, .670 FTs), 5.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 blocks per game over 220 outings, of which he has started in 118). Hawes’ most productive season occurred during the 2008-09 campaign when he averaged 11.4 points  (.466 FGs, .348 3FGs, .662 FTs), 7.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 blocks per game through 77 contests. He was selected by Sacramento in the first round (10th overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft after his freshman season at the University of Washington.

Nocioni, a 6-7, 225-pound forward, recently finished his sixth NBA season (four and a half with Chicago and one and a half with Sacramento). He has amassed career averages of 11.3 points (.433 FGs, .375 3FGs, .802 FTs), 4.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game over 449 contests, of which he has started in 185).  He has averaged double figures in scoring in four of his six NBA seasons. Nocioni has appeared in 22 career playoff games with Chicago, averaging 13.6 points (.443 FGs, .377 3FGs, .789 FTs), 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He was signed by the Bulls as a free agent prior to the 2004-05 season. Nocioni was acquired by the Kings in a three-team trade involving Chicago and Portland on February 18, 2009. Nocioni played for Tau Ceramica in Spain from 2002 to 2004 prior to his NBA career.