December 22, 2011
The Houston Rockets have signed Samuel Dalembert to a two-year, $13.7 million deal. The Sacramento Kings had upped their efforts to re-sign Dalembert after voiding the contract of Chuck Hayes, according to the Sacramento Bee.
"We tried to re-engage with them and see if we could try to get to something that I hoped worked for both of our interests going forward," Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie said, according to the Bee.
But it was too late. Dalembert signed on with the Rockets, leaving the Kings short-handed with only a few days left before the season gets underway.
ESPN reports, though, that the Golden State Warriors are looking to fill their own hole at center with 24-year-old Ukrainian free-agent center Kyrylo Fesenko. However, the Warriors are not alone. The Miami Heat, a team that caught a lot of heat during last season for not having a strong enough center, are also trying to snag Fesenko, ESPN reports.
The 7-1, 280-pound Fesenko has spent the last four seasons with the Utah Jazz. He was drafted in the second round of 2007's draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. In his career, he has averaged 8:18 minutes, 2.3 points, two rebounds and 0.4 blocks per game.