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Basketball: Dalembert, 76ers talk extension

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posted on Oct, 24 2004 @ 09:53 AM
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He said Saturday night that he's confident the 76ers can work out a long-term contract extension with Samuel Dalembert, although King said it "probably won't" happen in the early period that concludes at the end of October because the two sides are relatively far apart financially.

The Sixers picked up the fourth-year $1.6 million option on Dalembert for this season. They can extend Dalembert's contract - effective in 2005-06 - through the end of the month and again after the season.

After this season, the Sixers can retain the right to match another team's contract proposal by giving Dalembert a $2.3 million offer.

"It's not like we're in hard-nosed negotiations," King said. "It's not an adversarial thing - it's just different views. If we get it done, we'll do it. If not, we'll do it next summer."

Dalembert, an athletic 6-foot-11 center who is likely to start for the Sixers, agent Marc Cornstein and the Sixers have had discussions about the matter but that he won't be bothered if there's no agreement heading into the season.

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