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Erick Dampier down to Rockets, Heat, Hawks, Nuggets

Sep 21, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

EDampier_standing.jpgEither the Rockets or the Heat are about to get a nice boost to their title hopes. That or the Hawks or Nuggets will get a nice boost to their front lines.

Erick Dampier worked out for the Houston Rockets Monday and met with coach Rick Adelman, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Dampier will do the same things with the Miami Heat.

Dampier’s agent says it is down to four teams — Houston, Miami, Atlanta and Denver. He also told Michael Wallace of the Miami Herald that a decision would be made by Thursday.

The Rockets and Heat seem to make the most sense.

In Miami he likely would be the starting center on a team that just needs some consistent play in the middle to remove one of the few questions about it and its title chances. While Damps is not a dominant center, he is solid, and there would be depth behind him with Joel Anthony and Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

However, the Heat can only offer the minimum, $1.4 million.

Houston can offer more, about $2 million. Dampier would come off the bench behind Yao Ming, but with the Rockets trying to lessen Yao’s injury likelihood they are limiting his minutes — 24 a game and no back-to-backs. There are a lot of minutes to be had on a team many consider a dark horse threat in the West.

  1. pdbro - Sep 21, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Consistent? Dampier? What Mavericks’ center have you been watching the last several years? He couldn’t even perform in a contract year, and as a matter of fact he’s only had one good year his entire career. Offensive players salivate when Damp is on the floor. He’ll either let you dunk on him, lay the ball up, or he’ll foul you. He also has some of the worst hands ever and simply cannot run.
    So, now that I’ve said that, here’s to hoping he goes to Houston!!

  2. Michael Warren - Sep 21, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Dampier would have a bigger role with Denver. He would make more money in Houston, but they already have Yao and Brad Miller. So I think he should sign with Miami if he want’s to get a ring. Miami can only offer him the veteran’s minimum though. But he would help Miami alot. Dampier helps Miami to guard Dwight Howard and Shaq. They do have alot of bigs, just not alot of size and bulk at the center position. (Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Joel Anthony, Dexter Pittman, Udonis Haslem, Chris Bosh, Juwan Howard, Jamaal Magloire, and possibly Erick Dampier) Nice flexibility of bigs.

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