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Houston Rockets won't sign Erick Dampier

Posted on: November 7, 2010 7:19 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:33 pm
Free agent center Erick Dampier reportedly will not sign with the Houston Rockets. Posted by Ben Golliver A little over a week ago, Ken Berger of reported that free agent center Erick Dampier had agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets for their biannual exception. The plan was for Dampier to step in and play some serious minutes now that Houston's franchise center Yao Ming is having his playing time strictly limited as he recovers from a foot injury that caused him to miss last season. Those plans have apparently changed. To make room for Dampier, the Rockets would have had to trade or release a player, and all signs pointed to guard Jermaine Taylor as being the odd man out. But the Houston Chronicle says not so fast
The Rockets told second-year guard Jermaine Taylor on Sunday they would not release him because they no longer planned to sign center Erick Dampier, Taylor’s agent Michael Whitaker said before Sunday’s game.
“I was actually told that I’m here to stay,” Taylor said. “They told me I was here."
Update: Ken Berger of confirms Monday morning that Dampier will not sign with the Rockets. As we noted earlier Sunday, the Rockets are off to a nightmare 0-5 start and have been beset by injuries up and down the roster. So what's next for Dampier? Who knows. It took forever for him to settle on the Rockets and now the wait is on once again. A number of other teams had been linked to Dampier, including the Phoenix Suns and the Toronto Raptors.
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