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Kwame Brown in Charlotte means Dampier will be waived… Miami anyone?

Aug 24, 2010, 3:51 PM EDT

Dampier.jpgWant to add to the conspiracy theory, anyone?

If anyone could add a new, quality center to their roster right now it would be Pat Riley, the magician who has been pulling rabbits out of his hat all summer long as it is.

Here’s how… and we’ll start with the facts.

The Charlotte Bobcats signed Kwame Brown yesterday (they also have Nazr Mohammed and DeSagana Diop under contract). That seals the fate for Erick Dampier, the center the Bobcats traded for this summer, sending Tyson Chandler out. Dampier has a non-guaranteed $13 million contract and new owner Michael Jordan has said he will not venture into the luxury tax. Waive Dampier and they are under the tax. Deal done.

That will make Dampier a free agent, and, well, Ira Winderman draws out the rest in the Sun Sentinel.

Enter the Heat, a team that currently features Joel Anthony, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Jamaal Magloire and Dexter Pittman at center.

Dampier arguably is better than all four…. he well could seek exception money or some left over cap space elsewhere, rather than the minimum that Ilgauskas and Magloire have accepted from the Heat.

But Pat Riley would have one bargaining chip that no other contender could offer:

“How would you like to be the starting center for a potential NBA championship team?”

It would be a one-year deal, after that the Heat could sign him again, under whatever terms the new collective bargaining agreement allows. But the Heat would have just upgraded their center position and brought in someone who can bang with Dwight Howard or the Boston front line.

The Heat would have gotten another great deal. Riley is a magician.

  1. Jason Raymes - Aug 24, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    Don’t jump ahead and praise Riley for a psuedo move- he hasn’t even been waived yet!

  2. hnirobert - Aug 24, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Agree with Jason. Dude hasn’t been waived yet nor has the team given any indication that they will waive him, and you have him eating lobster tails with Pat Riley on Miami on a recruiting trip.

  3. Matt - Aug 24, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Why not send him off to Denver? We need a solid center. Trade them J.R Smith and Nene?
    When Martin and Birdman are healthy you look at Dampier and Harrington too… thats called a big front court.

  4. yeah buddy - Aug 24, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    @ Matt Dampier is NOT an upgrade over NENE, NENE is solid, he’s gotten better every year, Dampier is old slow and has no offensive game

  5. sgeorgeanderson - Aug 24, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Jordan is hooking Riley up. Conspiracy or not.
    Can Dampier finacially take the risk this season? If he can, there is no question that he should take less money to compete for the title. Dampier is not a superstar and if he wants to have his skills showcased all season long for all hoops fans(from diehards to somone who only recently learned of the NBA because of the decision) than this is the team he needs take his talents to.

  6. matt - Aug 24, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    Nene is as injury prone as Martin is, and he fails every year in the playoffs. All I want is someone who can put thier hands in the air and play defense. Nene does not fit the defensive picture at all… and the fact that we picked up a scoring PF in Harrington over a tall defensive center blows my mind. I just want the Nuggets to pick up someone who can get rebounds, and blocks.

  7. Jared - Aug 24, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Dampier is a good defensive center (not great), and he’d set very good picks for D-Wade and LBJ to come off of. He’s offensively challenged (to put it nicely), but the Heat don’t need offense with the lineup they will have.

  8. pdr - Aug 24, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Damp doesn’t play defense, though. He’s soft. Nowitzki + Dampier = layup drill. Actually, add any non-consistent shot blocking PF + Dampier and the sum is the same.
    We suffered through Dampier’s spare play for 2-3 years too long here in Dallas. The guy couldn’t even come close to careering in a “contract year”. He’s one of the nicest guys around, but a complete mental midget on the court.

  9. Colin Zvosec - Aug 24, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    Please Miami, make Damp your starting center! The fact that he’s better than all the other Miami centers just shows you how AWFUL that position is for them (of course, they’ve got those other three that are pretty good).
    There’s a reason Shaq called him “Erica” Dampier…

  10. Marques Meachem - Aug 24, 2010 at 11:35 PM

    Crappy article based on pure speculation. Attempt to write something after Dampier has officially been waived!

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