Samuel Dalembert clears waivers, is now an unrestricted free agent

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Samuel Dalembert came to the Knicks as part of the trade that sent Tyson Chandler to the Mavericks, but failed to come close to replicating what Chandler was able to provide on the defensive end of the floor.

Combine that with his nonexistent contributions offensively, along with the fact that this has truly become a lost season for the New York franchise, it wasn’t a surprise to see the Knicks waive him after no suitable trade partner could be found.

A team could have claimed him off waivers, but none did — meaning that Dalembert is now an unrestricted free agent.

From Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today:

Center Samuel Dalembert has cleared waivers, I’ve been told, and is free to sign with team of his choice.

Salary won’t be an issue, but teams will need to weigh whether Dalembert can still contribute meaningful minutes, at least on the defensive end of the floor, that are worthy of justifying his place on the roster.

The Cavaliers are one of a few teams that immediately come to mind that need immediate frontcourt help, but given what we’ve seen from Dalembert this season, he’d likely be considered as only a last resort.