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Bucks Interested In Samuel Dalembert

The Bucks have been rumored to be targeting a big man in tomorrow night's draft, potentially a replacement for Andrew Bogut, who was sent to Golden State at this year's trade deadline. But the draft isn't the only means of acquiring a center for Milwaukee. According to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times (via Twitter), the Bucks are interested in trading for Samuel Dalembert of the Rockets.

A report last Thursday suggested that the Rockets were exploring a trade involving Dalembert, perhaps packaging him with one of their first-round picks to acquire a higher lottery pick. The Bucks have pick No. 12, which probably isn't overly attractive to the Rockets, considering they already hold the 14th, 16th, and 18th overall picks and would prefer to move into the top 10. Still, the late-lottery pick isn't the Bucks' only trade chip, so perhaps an agreement could be reached with the Rockets, who are stockpiling assets in an attempt to make a run at a star player or two.

Dalembert averaged 7.5 PPG and 7.0 RPG in 22.2 MPG this season, and is on a favorable contract. He'll make $6.7MM in 2012/13, though only $1.5MM of that total is guaranteed. If the Rockets hang on to the big man through the draft, they'll have the option to waive him by July 8th to regain $5MM+ in cap space.


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