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Report: Rockets out of the Dalembert sweepstakes, Kings in

Samuel Dalembert

Sacramento Kings center Samuel Dalembert grimaces after being called for his fifth foul in an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010. Dalembert fouled out of the game as the Bucks beat the Kings 84-79.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

AP

Samuel Dalembert is the best free agent big out there on the market right now.

Problem for him is the market is shrinking and he may not get paid like he hoped.

The Houston Rockets are out of the running, tweets David Aldridge of TNT and NBA.com.

Sources: Rockets, at the moment, taking a pass ($) on Dalembert, leaving return to Kings as s possibility.

That the Rockets are out says a lot about what Dalembert is asking — right now they have Jordan Hill as the best center on their roster. Houston is desperate for a big, yet they walked away.

Remember that Dalembert was on the Heat’s radar but thought that the mid-level exception ($5 million per year) was not going to be enough. He’s a good defensive center who wants to get paid.

Right now the Kings can offer the most money (Bird rights) but what is their motivation? This is a small market team that doesn’t want to be bidding against themselves. After that there are some teams with the mid-level (not the Heat, Shane Battier got it) but that’s about it.

Don’t be shocked if Dalembert ends up with a shorter-term deal (two year with an opt-out after one?) so he can try this again next year.