The Philadelphia 76ers and restricted free-agent center Samuel Dalembert agreed to the terms of a six-year contract, the player’s agent said Sunday.

Agent Marc Cornstein confirmed the team and player agreed to the deal late Saturday night. He would not reveal financial terms of the contract.

Because the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement has not been finalized, the free agent signing period is delayed indefinitely. Dalembert can’t officially sign until a new CBA is reached.

“Philadelphia showed how much they coveted Samuel and wanted to keep him as part of their team,” Cornstein said. “Samuel is very excited to remaining a 76er. He’s excited he’ll spend the next six years here and hopefully the remainder of his career.”

The 6-foot-11 Dalembert, the 76ers’ first-round pick in 2001, averaged 8.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.68 blocks last season.

While Dalembert had a visit scheduled with Atlanta on Monday, the Sixers had the right to match any offer.

Turns out, they never had to.

Sixers president Billy King kept his end-of-season promise that the team would re-sign restricted free agents Dalembert, Willie Green and Kyle Korver, securing the young nucleus they are trying to build around Allen Iverson and Chris Webber.

Korver and Green also agreed to deals, worth a reported $44 million combined.

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