Agent says Sixers to sign Dalembert to six-year deal

Updated: July 25, 2005, 12:18 AM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider

Samuel Dalembert agreed to a six year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, his agent Marc Cornstein, told ESPN.com.

Samuel Dalembert
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2004-2005 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
72 8.2 7.5 0.5 .524 .601

Cornstein refused to disclose the amount of the contract, but it's believed to be worth between $60 million to $70 million, based on previous negotiations.

The signing came just one day before Dalembert was set to get on a plane and visit the Atlanta Hawks, who had the money under the cap to pay him a maximum five-year, $70 million offer.

Of the three top big men on the market, Dalembert was the center with the most upside. He has great range and is athletic, with great shot blocking instincts. He's shown he can be a volume rebounder and his offensive game is emerging. He was very inconsistent at times this season, but in the playoffs against the Detroit Pistons, he played the part of a franchise center.

The Sixers made a power move this offseason, firing head coach Jim O'Brien, who wasn't a Dalembert fan, and replacing him with Mo Cheeks, who is. Philly let it be known that O'Brien was fired, in part, because the Sixers are committed to Dalembert.

This is the third deal for the Sixers this summer. They also reached six-year deals with Kyle Korver for $25 million and with Willie Green for about $20 million.

Chad Ford covers the NBA for ESPN Insider.

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