Bucks acquire ex-Sixer Dalembert from Rockets

Posted: June 28, 2012

The Milwaukee Bucks are getting a much-needed big man and the Houston Rockets are positioning themselves to make a big move.

The Bucks acquired former Sixers center Samuel Dalembert from the Rockets in a trade Wednesday. The Bucks said they got Dalembert, the 14th overall pick in Thursday's draft, a future second-round pick, and cash from Houston in exchange for forwards Jon Brockman and Jon Leuer, guard Shaun Livingston, and the 12th pick.

Dalembert has career averages of 8 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.9 blocked shots per game. Center is a major need for the Bucks, who traded away Andrew Bogut last season and never really found a way to replace him.

Dalembert didn't immediately return a call on Wednesday afternoon. He told KRIV-TV that he wasn't surprised by the news because he was aware the team was going to make some offseason moves.

"It's the business," Dalembert said. "I'm not shocked. I knew it was going to be a long summer for them. We have to make some sacrifices. We have to do some stuff."

The 31-year-old Dalembert will play his 11th NBA season with Milwaukee, his fourth team.

Dalembert was drafted in the first round by the Sixers in 2001 and played with the team for eight seasons before being traded to the Sacramento Kings in 2010. He agreed to a two-year deal with the Houston Rockets in December.

"They are a very good team and they're missing the big men out there," Dalembert said, "and I think I can fill up the spot and help them make the playoffs."

Budinger now a T'wolf

Chase Budinger arrived in Minnesota as the newest addition to the Timberwolves roster, and team president David Kahn made it sound as if he won't be the only new guy in town before too long.

The Wolves acquired Budinger in a trade with Houston on Tuesday, looking to add more balance to their roster by adding a 6-foot-7 swingman who can shoot from the perimeter and move without the ball. It's the first in what Kahn said could be a series of moves to help reshape the roster to get the team into the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons.

"You should assume there will be other changes made," Kahn said.

Bird leaves Pacer

The Indiana Pacers have parted ways with Larry Bird.

Owner Herb Simon announced the move, one day before the NBA draft. He said Bird would stay on for the draft, when the Pacers are scheduled to pick No. 26 overall in the first round.

The 55-year-old Bird was the Pacers coach from 1997 to 2000, taking the team to its only NBA Finals appearance that final year, before returning to the front office in 2003. He took full control as president of basketball decisions after the 2007-08 season, when Donnie Walsh left to become the New York Knicks' president.

Walsh is returning as the Pacers' president. Kevin Pritchard, the director of player personnel, is being promoted to general manager, replacing David Morway, who resigned Tuesday.

Bird said health issues were among the reasons for his departure.

"I just think it's time," he said.

Bird had said just a month ago that he wanted to stay and expressed interest in a three-year deal rather than the annual "handshake" agreements he had with Simon. Bird recently was named the NBA executive of the year after building a tough, young team that lost to eventual champion Miami in six games in the playoffs.

Drexler denies comments

Clyde Drexler is denying that he made negative statements attributed to him about Magic Johnson in a book about the Dream Team.

In Jack McCallum's book, Dream Team, Drexler said that Johnson earned a spot on the Olympic team and the MVP award in the 1992 All-Star Game only out of pity resulting from his HIV diagnosis the previous year. Drexler is quoted as saying, "Everybody kept waiting for Magic to die. Every time he'd run up the court, everybody would feel sorry for the guy."

Drexler said in a phone interview that the quotes attributed to him are "totally ludicrous." In a statement released through the Houston Rockets, Drexler said that he never would have said those things and that Johnson is one of his closest longtime friends.

- Staff and wire reports

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