On Jan. 10, if a guy on an NBA roster has a non-guaranteed contract, it becomes fully guaranteed for the year.
To allow for time for a player to clear waivers before that happens, players on non-guaranteed deals being cut loose on Tuesday and Wednesday. There will be others, the deadline is 5 p.m. ET Wednesday.
The first wave of that has started and the biggest name out there is the Knicks center, Samuel Dalembert. This was expected but has been confirmed by Marc Stein of ESPN.
Dalembert is a shadow of himself as a defensive presence in the paint, but it is very possible some team will take a run at picking him up and seeing if he can help a little.
Davies is the former BYU star who had been a member of the Nets this season.
Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel had some interesting thoughts on the guys Miami cut loose.
The Knicks stink.
They’re 5-31 and have lost 11 straight and 21 of 22.
Amar’e Stoudemire, via Ian Begley of ESPN:
“It’s beyond my imagination at this point,” he said Sunday before a 95-82 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks that extended their losing streak to 11 games. “I never thought I’d see this. … This is definitely kind of mind-boggling.”
Samuel Dalembert, who might not be long for New York, put his own spin on New York’s struggles. Via Begley
“It’s a tragic thing,” said center Samuel Dalembert of the mounting losses.
So far, one of the most exciting aspects of the Knicks’ season has been the intensifying talk from within to describe their problems. Stoudemire ripped the team’s effort, and Phil Jackson upped that with a Zen: “There’s some resistance to discipline, order and culture change.”
Stoudemire and Dalembert are just adding to the rhetoric, but they didn’t top Carmelo Anthony’s whopper: “The fans are dying, we’re dying.” That gem remains on top.
Samuel Dalembert began the season as the starting center for the Knicks, but that hasn’t been the case now for 10 of his last 11 games.
A career-low field goal percentage is at least partly to blame, because Dalembert’s defense isn’t so good that New York can afford to have someone on the floor for extended minutes who is essentially a zero offensively.
But the Knicks have also liked what they’ve seen from Cole Aldrich, who has supplanted Dalembert recently as the starter, and has seen heavy minutes in the rotation.
Dalembert is of no help in New York, but his skill set could add depth to a team looking to make a playoff push. That combination of facts has those around the league wondering if Dalembert may be dealt before the trade deadline passes.
From Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe:
One player who could be available over the next few weeks is Knicks center Samuel Dalembert, who has only $1.85 million guaranteed on his contract this season and has fallen out of the rotation in New York with the improved play of Cole Aldrich. Dalembert, 33, could help a playoff-caliber team in the second half of the season. The Knicks could waive Dalembert, save the remaining money, and allow him to become a free agent.
Dalembert is in the final year of his contract, which pays him a little over $4 million this season. But the deal is non-guaranteed, which is why the Knicks could consider waiving him if money was indeed an issue.
But what’s more likely is that New York would try to flip him for an asset in return — either a future draft pick, or a young fringe player that might get some minutes on a rebuilding Knicks team, with an outside chance of earning a future spot on the roster.