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Heat waive Jerry Stackhouse to sign Erick Dampier

Posted on: November 23, 2010 11:58 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:01 pm
The Miami Heat have reportedly waived Jerry Stackhouse to sign center Erick Dampier. Posted by Ben Golliver erick-dampier

Last night,'s Ken Berger reported that, in the wake of a long-term foot injury to forward Udonis Haslem, the Miami Heat would sign free agent center Erick Dampier to a one-year contract. Prior to that signing taking place, however, the Heat had to release a player because they were already at the NBA's roster maximum of 15 players.  Candidates for the waiving were thought to include veteran center Jamaal Magloire, who has played just 31 minutes so far this season, and rookie Dexter Pittman, who has yet to take the court. Conventional wisdom on Monday night had circled around the idea that a new big man would replace a previous big man. It appears that the Heat are going a different direction, however, as Chris Broussard reports on Twitter that Heat forward Jerry Stackhouse will be the odd man out.  Stackhouse was signed a month ago to the day to help fill in for the absence of injured forward Mike Miller, who is also out for an extended period of time this season with a finger injury. He had appeared in just seven games for the Heat so far this year, playing a combined 50 minutes and averaging 1.7 points, 1.0 rebounds and .4 assists. This is whack-a-mole roster management at its finest, as the Heat have now unplugged one hole on the wing to plug another in the middle. With James Jones and Eddie House both making contributions, and with perimeter mainstays LeBron James and Dwyane Wade logging heavy minutes, the decision to sacrifice Stackhouse to shore up the middle makes sense.   The Heat are currently 17th in the league in overall rebound rate and need all the help they can get, even from a marginal veteran like Dampier. The Heat now have five centers on their roster: Dampier, Magloire, Pittman, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and Joel Anthony. For more, check out Matt Moore's takedown of the Dampier signing.

Since: May 2, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2010 9:25 pm

Heat waive Jerry Stackhouse to sign Erick Dampier

They signed Dampier because Manute Bol wasn't available....

Since: Sep 20, 2010
Posted on: November 24, 2010 7:58 pm

Who is on the Heat roster???

What picture are the Heat using for publicity photos? I have an idea, get one of those panaramic photos of all the current NBA players and just circle whoever is on your team at the moment. I personally don't think that I know who is on the Heat roster other than a couple of new guys with big contracts. 72-10, 82-0, how about 58-24 that seems like reality and reality is hitting the Heat fast as injuries are coming at a quick pace (unfortunately for the players). It almost looks like the Heat might be wishing the Big Shamrock was available (although he knows about the injury bug too). I liked the comment about comparing the Heat with the Cowboys and it being fun. I believe that the Heat are looking for some chemistry and that is an illusive little critter but when you got it, it's a mighty good thing (ask the Lakers). No point guard or center, uh that's a tough spot maybe Shawn Bradley is available, could he drive the lane? I'm thinking that Stackhouse would've been surprised 6 years ago that he would be let go for Dampier and probably Dampier too. Oh yeah you can't coach height but Riley can try. 

Since: May 31, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2010 7:57 am

Why do they need a 4th and 5th player?

Why go through such trouble? I thought they could just play the King and the 2 princes against any 5 thrown at them and it would be as 82-0 season?  Great to see them reduced to mere humans.

Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: November 24, 2010 12:15 am

Heat waive Jerry Stackhouse to sign Erick Dampier

Dropping a cancer to add a cancer... lose-lose situation. 72-10 what?

Since: Apr 27, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 9:44 pm

Heat waive Jerry Stackhouse to sign Erick Dampier

Is there any way they can waive Spoelstra Too! LOL

Since: Nov 23, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 5:51 pm

Heat waive Jerry Stackhouse to sign Erick Dampier

I agree with you and must give you credit for having an unbiased opinion on this move.  People knock Erick Dampier on the blogs because of the Golden State years but the fact of the matter is that he is exactly what Miami needed. Erick Dampier the last 3 seasons was averaging 23 mins, 7 points, 7 rebs and 1.5 blks. That is all Miami needs from a 6'11" big man who start at Center. Against Big Teams Dampier and Zman will get theri 20 mins each, Pittman will get worked in as the season goes on ans Anthony will still get his mins and play a little backup PF behind JHoward. Miami doesnt need a center to come in and be the next Gasol ( either one) Bogut, DHoward or Kaman they just need legit size to reb and box out the opposing team going to offensive rebounds.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 5:41 pm

Heat waive Jerry Stackhouse to sign Erick Dampier

Eric Dampier to rescue your season? This is starting to be more fun that rooting against the Cowboys.

Since: Aug 16, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 4:31 pm

Heat waive Jerry Stackhouse to sign Erick Dampier

Being a Mavs fan, I'm enjoying the Heat taking the cast offs.  Enjoy Erica's underachieving, because we Mavs fans sure didn't for too many years.  The Heat will eventually gel once Riley comes down and takes control like he did before.  But this time I don't believe he will win it all.  Until someone beats the champs, the Lakers will still be there.  So not liking either the Lakers or Heat making it to the finals, but they are still the odds on favorites.  If the Mavs can't make it, I'm hoping for anyone other than the norms (Lakers, Heat, Celtics, etc).  It is a long season, so lets see what happens before the All Star Break.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 3:02 pm

Heat waive Jerry Stackhouse to sign Erick Dampier

A lot of us are enjoying the current status of the Heat.  Even though LeBron, DWade, and the other guy are clueless about the storm of hostility.
However, I am afraid the joy won't last.  James, Bosh, and Wade operate in a star league and at crunch time they have a lot of weapons to get to the hoop and the line.
But they were just so damn arrogant about making such a big deal of themselves that it is fun seeing them a little humbled. 
They ought to invite Tiger Woods over because he is experiencing the same public demand to pay the price for pretending to be holier and more important that everyone else.

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2010 2:52 pm

Heat waive Jerry Stackhouse to sign Erick Dampier

Dear Mr. Riley, I have two words for you... Shawn Bradley.  The guy is tall.  I mean he is tall!  When you want to know what he can give your team well you can always count on him being tall!  He's tall, he's tall!     Oh and this may be a silly question, but how do you have 15 players and not have a center or a point guard.  Well at least with 5 centers that means each player only has to be on the court playing their brand of stink for just a little over 9 minutes. 

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