NBA Free Agents 2011: Kings Void Chuck Hayes' Deal, Should Sign Samuel Dalembert

Matt Shetler@@buccos12Correspondent IDecember 19, 2011

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 13:  Samuel Dalembert #10 of the Sacramento Kings reacts to the crowd during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on February 13, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Kings defeated the Suns 113-108.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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After news came down that the Sacramento Kings have voided the four-year, $21.4 million contract of newly signed big man Chuck Hayes, it leaves the Kings in a tough spot.

On a young team like the Kings, Hayes would have seen a lot of minutes and provided them with toughness, defense and rebounding. That's something they still need.

Lucky for them, a familiar face is still on the market.

Former King Samuel Dalembert to date has not received his type of offer and could slide back nicely into the Kings front line.

The Kings talked early on in the free-agency process to Dalembert, but now they have to be prepared to overpay for him if necessary. Since they renounced his rights, they can only offer him a four-year deal, but they may not even need to go that long on him.

Dalembert is the best remaining big man on the market but to date hasn't received anything more than one-year offers. Geoff Petrie now has the opportunity to improve the current club by making Dalembert a decent two- or three-year offer.

Unfortunately, they aren't the only team still in need of a presence in the middle and would be competing with both the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks for Dalembert's services.

At the end of the day, if Petrie wants to improve the club, there is no other option except re-signing Dalembert. He's a familiar face and they could do a lot worse than him at the moment.