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NBA Rumors: Chuck Hayes Contract Voided, Kings Must Look into Samuel Dalembert

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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Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistDecember 19, 2011

Samuel Dalembert's camp has been exploring sign-and-trade options that would put the center elsewhere, but after the Sacramento Kings were forced to void Chuck Hayes' contract, they need to re-evaluate their original stance.

The Kings announced last week that a heart abnormality was revealed and would require further testing to be done on Hayes. The extent of his condition's severity has not yet been released.

While Sacramento is undoubtedly saddened by Hayes' departure, they do have to focus on filling the void that his departure leaves. Their own free-agent big man remains available, but they may have to pay dearly for his services now that he has already started exploring other options.

Dalembert proved to be a defensive force for the Kings last season, grabbing 8.2 rebounds and block 1.5 shots per game last season. Talks between the center and Sacramento stalled, though, once the team announced the signing of Hayes.

For the Kings to stay even remotely competitive this season, they need a competent and durable big man. Dalembert fits that bill, and while the team may have to throw more money his way than it would like, it is a necessary measure at this point in time.

Dalembert is familiar with Sacramento's system and has already showed he can anchor in their low-post better than many of the other options that are out there. He is a safer bet than anyone else they could sign.

The Kings were supposed to move forward with Hayes, but his health has dictated otherwise. Just as Hayes will have to adjust and re-formulate his course of action, so will the Kings.

And it must start by re-signing Dalembert.


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