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Report: Dampier finalizing finalists

Posted on: September 17, 2010 2:07 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2010 2:25 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The Heat already trumped the Rockets once for a big man. And it could potentally happen again. Though to a much, much lesser degree.

As Ken Berger reported earlier in the week, Miami the leading destination for recently waived free agent center Erick Dampier to land. And a report today from Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski says along with the Heat on the final list is the Houston Rockets and a potential sleeper in the Atlanta Hawks.

The Rockets already extended an offer to Dampier of $4 million over two years that appears he either turned down or is considering while waiting for other calls. Most likely the latter.

The Hawks were interested in acquiring a veteran big man all summer long and pushed hard for Shaquille O'Neal before missing out. Eventually Atlanta settled for veteran bruiser Etan Thomas, but adding Dampier would be a much better piece for the Hawks. Thomas isn't a legitimate rotation player, while Dampier certainly can be.

Dampier averaged six points and 7.3 rebounds in 55 games for the Mavericks last season. He's not the best center in the league, but he's definitely not the worst. Not as long as Eddy Curry is still active. Hi-oh. But in all seriousness, Dampier has always been a good rebounder and a big body that can push around with other quality big men. The Heat are probably already thinking about how he might be the best option to defend Dwight Howard on the block. Dampier's definitely a better option in that regard than Joel Anthony, Jamal Magloire or Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

The Rockets recently announced they will be limited Yao's minutes so adding Dampier would certainly be nice to play behind the fragile big man. Houston does have Brad Miller who was signed this summer, but when injuries are an issue, having too much help on the inside never hurts.

Why so much intrigue over a mediocre big man? One, it's still September and two, the Heat are a potential player. And three, because it's September. Wait, did I already say that?

Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2010 6:14 pm

Report: Dampier finalizing finalists

they got cole aldrich in the draft and he can definately be a help inside

Since: Sep 3, 2010
Posted on: September 20, 2010 5:01 pm

Report: Dampier finalizing finalists

That might possibly be the most sensible thing I've heard anyone post in quite some time. Very well said. At this point in Dampier's extremely mediocre career the best option he could take would be to try and market himself globally. On the other hand, a championship in Miami wouldn't be to bad either.

Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2010 10:37 am

Houston contracts come with huge bonus

I don't know why players and their agents don't understand what they get with signing with Houston.  Forget the contract money, that is chump change.  They now are having their games shown to a BILLION more people.  Think of the advertising dollars you can do in China.  No other team really can come close to the Rockets as far as viewers.   I mean some Rocket regular season games have had more viewers than some Super Bowls.  Sign with the Rockets, take your contract money then hook up with a Chinese advertising agency and triple your salary at the very least.

Since: Jun 27, 2010
Posted on: September 18, 2010 11:30 pm

Report: Dampier finalizing finalists

I hope the hawks make a pass at him.  One team I cannot see why hasnt made an offe ris the pistons.  They are in desperate need of a decent center that can play 20 plus a night.  Adding Dampier could even put them back in the playoffs/

Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: September 18, 2010 3:41 pm

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The Bulls should be in on this if they are serious about Melo because that deal isn't happening without Noah.  He is a fun player and ultimately just a guy who needs to be included in a deal to get a top five talent.

Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: September 18, 2010 11:05 am

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Y aren't the Thunder looking for any rebounder available?  They got smashed on the boards against LA but otherwise had a legit shot at beating them.  Dampier is not what he used to be,  but he can rebound and bang.  I want to see the Durantula have a real shot at a ring.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: September 18, 2010 10:42 am

Report: Dampier finalizing finalists

A good pick up at a reasonable price for whom ever gets him. This would fill a gap for both the Heat and the Hawks.

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