Fox Sports Florida is reporting that Samuel Dalembert exchanged text messages with Paul Westphal this morning (Dalembert said the exchange of texts was mostly about the desire to get back to work), the first day players and coaches were able to converse. But other interesting news came on the Dalembert front a few hours later.
As we’ve known for a few days now, which was first reported by Sam Amick, Dalembert is open to a Sacramento return but appears to have the Houston Rockets as his preferred early destination:
“Houston, that one is the best,” said Dalembert. He later added, “I’m interested in the Rockets. They have a good team over there, a running team.”
Given the current market on centers, Dalembert certainly has one of the best seats in free agency, only behind Nene and Tyson Chandler so accepting a discount to return to Sacramento or to join the Heat for a Championship run doesn’t appear to be his current priority. Depending on how the market shifts (or if Houston can land their desired big fish in Nene), Dalembert’s tune may change shortly.