Tag:Erick Dampier
Posted on: September 23, 2010 8:46 pm

Erick Dampier eyeing the Miami Heat

According to league sources, veteran center Erick Dampier is leaning towards signing with the Miami Heat.

The Heat organization offered Dampier the veterans minimum, one-year, $1.4 million deal.

While Miami never guaranteed Dampier the starting center role, it's safe to say that he is most likely to emerge as the top candidate for starting at the five spot (if he decides to accept the Heat's contract offer).

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Category: NBA
Posted on: September 15, 2010 8:28 pm

Miami Heat to Bring In Free Agent Erick Dampier?

The Charlotte Bobcats released center Erick Dampier --who had a $13 million non-guaranteed expiring contract-- on Tuesday.

Dampier is set to clear waivers on Thursday and will then be available to sign with the team of his choice.

Of the possibilities that have surfaced thus far, the most intriguing is no other than joining the Miami Heat.

"They have some good, young talent down there and can do a lot of big things," Dampier told The Miami Herald"Obviously, I want to be in a situation to compete for a championship. I haven't talked to my agent yet, so we'll go from there. But I've kept myself in good shape for 14 years, and still feel like I can play the game at a high level."

While Dampier might want to bring his talents to South Beach, the Heat can only offer the veteran's minimum, something that could turn the 35-year-old center away from actually signing with the team.

Dampier has career averages of 7.8 PPG, 7.4 RPG, and 1.5 BPG, on 49.7 percent shooting from the field.

Another problem that could surface if the free-agent were to join Miami is the starting center situation.

While Joel Anthony is projected to be the starting center and Zydrunas Ilgauskas is set to be his back-up, bringing in Dampier would cut into both centers playing time dramatically.

In addition to having potentially three centers on the teams roster, the Heat may also place Chris Bosh at the five spot periodically, lowering the playing time for all three big men even more.

Do you think the Miami Heat should bring in Erick Dampier? If so, should he move into the starting five role? What would happen with Big Z's playing time?

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