The Houston Rockets have traded center Samuel Dalembert and the teams 14th pick in the upcoming NBA Draft to the Milwaukee Bucks for point guard Shaun Livingston, forwards Jon Brockman and Jon Leuer and the Bucks 12th overall pick.
Only $1.5 million of Dalembert’s $6.7 million team option for next season is guaranteed. The Bucks can waive him and make him a free-agent if they so choose.
During the regular season, Dalembert averaged 7.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks a game.
GRADE FOR BUCKS: B
I don’t expect Milwaukee to waive Samuel Dalembert. With Ersan Ilyasova being a free-agent and Ekpe Udoh the only true center left on the roster, the Bucks could certainly use some more depth down low.
The Bucks get a physical center who can alter shots in the paint and all they had to do was move down two spots in the draft.
Milwaukee must believe that big man prospects Tyler Zeller, Meyers Leonard and John Henson will be off the board when their pick comes.
GRADE FOR ROCKETS: A
The road to Dwight Howard continues.
The Houston Rockets didn’t make this deal to acquire Livingston, Brockman and Leuer (scrub players who are owed a combined $1.7 million dollars next season). Houston wanted to move up further in the draft to obtain more assets for a Dwight Howard trade.
According to ESPN.com, the Rockets would like to package their 3 picks (12, 16, 18) and possibly point guard Kyle Lowry in order to obtain 2 top 10 picks. They would then take those picks and make the Orlando Magic a package offer for Howard.
I still can’t figure out why the team is so insistent on making a push for Howard when he will more than likely not sign an extension to stay in Houston. I suppose if the Rockets can’t persuade the Magic to let go of Dwight, they will still have the opportunity to make a push for another star if need be.
Christopher Walder is a sports blogger and lead editor for Sir Charles in Charge. You may follow him on Twitter @WalderSports