The Philadelphia Daily News has confirmed that the 76ers have traded center Samuel Dalembert to the Sacramento Kings for Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes.
A source tells the Daily News that both teams have agreed to the deal, but it hasn’t been officially approved by the league. The NBA will probably be looking at this one very closely because they can’t understand why anyone in their right mind would want Dalembert. This one will require a lot of paperwork.
Nocioni is a 6-7 forward who averaged 8.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg and a DUI last season. He has a career scoring average of 11.3 ppg, but the plea of no contest to driving while intoxicated is what really attracted the Sixers.
Hawes is a 7-1 center who will replace the size the Sixers will lose by jettisoning Dalembert. He is entering his fourth year and averaged 10 ppg and 6.1 rpg. It would seem that the Philadelphia Eagles consulted with the 76ers on this deal because Hawes is coming off a knee injury that ended his season in the beginning of April. While it’s not the torn ACL that the Eagles prefer, it is a deep bone bruise with an irregular signal in the joint in his left knee.
After this trade, the Sixers are expected to compete for the right to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals next year.