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Center Dalembert agrees to terms with Rockets

By David Aldridge, TNT analyst
Posted Dec 21 2011 5:09PM

Four days before the start of the NBA regular season, free agent center Samuel Dalembert, whose negotiations with his former team, the Kings, broke down Wednesday, has agreed to terms with the Houston Rockets, according to a league source.

Sacramento's interest in re-signing Dalembert intensified after the Kings voided their four-year, $21 million contract with free agent Chuck Hayes on Monday after Hayes failed the team's physical.

Dalembert had told Fox Sports Florida on Tuesday that he expected to re-sign in Sacramento. But Dalembert and the Kings couldn't work out the details on a two-year proposal, according to a league source, and Sacramento moved on.

Dalembert had been in discussions earlier in the week with the Rockets, but Houston, according to sources, thought his asking price was too high and couldn't reach a deal.

The Celtics and Heat have also been interested in the 30-year-old veteran, who averaged 8.1 points and 8.2 rebounds last season for the Kings, but couldn't make the numbers work.

The Rockets were desperate to add a big man after their attempts to get Pau Gasol from the Lakers in the proposed three-team deal between Los Angeles, New Orleans and themselves that would have sent Chris Paul to L.A. were scotched by NBA Commissioner David Stern, who felt the package of players the Hornets would receive in the deal were not good enough for Paul.

Houston then tried to sign free agent center Nene, but the veteran returned to Denver last week with a five-year, $67 million offer.

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