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Report: Erick Dampier to the Miami Heat deal "imminent"

Sep 22, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for dampier_layup.jpgToday Erick Dampier had meetings and a workout with the Miami Heat, but it may be more than that.

Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel (and of this site) sent out these tweets:

Erick Dampier believed to have an afternoon workout scheduled with Heat, possibly as precursor to a potential signing.

Erick Dampier actually has gone through meet-and-greet process, and it now appears as if his signing is imminent, if not already done.

If true, the Heat have just made themselves a lot better.

Dampier is really a good fit for that team. First off, he can defend the rim well and is a big body to put on the Dwight Howards of the world. The Heat’s best rim defender now is 6’9″ Joel Anthony, who plays hard but is not a true five. Also on the defensive end, Dampier is a good rebounder.

Second, Dampier does not require a lot of offensive touches, but the ones he does get he uses efficiently. You don’t want to run your offense through the guy (especially with the Heat’s firepower) but if he has a mismatch and you drop the ball into him he will be smart about it.

Last season Dampier had a usage rate of just 11.4 (or about 1 in 10 of his team’s shots when he was on the floor) but he shot 62.4 percent on those. He has shot better than 60 percent for four straight years.

Pat Riley convinced another good player to come and play for the minimum. He is a witch.

  1. Michael Warren - Sep 22, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    If it’s true, then Miami is going are going to be a much better team. The addition of Dampier gives Miami a near seven-footer who can use his bulk to guard the top big men (Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Shaquille O’Neal etc.). He’s a tough defender who can block shots, move his feet on defense and score in the post if needed. Miami was already a very good team but Dampier makes them legit and they’re able to compete with the top big men on the top teams. Also, the Heat has to waive a player with a guaranteed contract. My guess would be Jamaal Magloire or some of their training camp invites.

  2. hnirobert - Sep 22, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Major improvement from what they have. Lock it up, Pat. No excuses if they don’t win THIS year. Cut Magloire and sign him to a concession stand job so he can still get a ring.

  3. pdbro - Sep 22, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Sure this guy might be better than what they’ve got, but you guys are HIGHLY overrating him. Move his feet? Block shots? Which Erick Dampier have you guys been watching the last several years? The fact that someone described Damp has a “tough defender” is absurd. Please back that up with facts and actual proof. Until then he’s a marginal offensive player with poor hands, bad court vision, no drive, lead feet, and little basketball IQ. All that aside, Miami will be good no matter what ogre they have anchoring the middle.

  4. hnirobert - Sep 22, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    I agree with pdbro. He’s not a great player, never has been, but an upgrade nonetheless.

  5. tarheel09 - Sep 22, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    I agree with the two previous comments, but all the heat really needed was a big body for the bigger centers in the league. Dampier’s minutes will be limited given the fact the Heat still have Ilgauskas, Anthony, Pittman (this is assuming thy release Magloire). They will be unstoppable and there is no reason the Heat should not dominate this year

  6. Alexander Rolle - Sep 22, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    I don not agree with pdbro. I don’t think he knows what he’s talking about. Pau is not all that nibble either. Dampier is a perfect fit and does not need a have a high basketball IQ with the fire power around him. He shot over 60% last year, can rebound and defend. He can’t be that bad if he was due $13 million last year. Is he a Dwight, no but he can be a needed presence when we face Dwight. Shaq has his time in Miami, never again. I would rather trust Pat and his staff then let’s say a pdbro.

  7. D-Mack - Sep 22, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Pat Riley: GANGSTER. PIMP. DON. GODFATHER.

  8. Alexander Rolle - Sep 22, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    I don not agree with pdbro. I don’t think he knows what he’s talking about. Pau is not all that nibble either. Dampier is a perfect fit and does not need a have a high basketball IQ with the fire power around him. He shot over 60% last year, can rebound and defend. He can’t be that bad if he was due $13 million last year. Is he a Dwight, no but he can be a needed presence when we face Dwight. Shaq has his time in Miami, never again. I would rather trust Pat and his staff then let’s say a pdbro.

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  10. flowerpot504 - Sep 22, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    The Heat’s needs will be fulfilled by adding players that are willing to give their best, and not allow the opposing team to either catch-up or run the score up. If recent signees’, and additions, are willing to demonstrate their “debatable” skills to the utmost the outcome will be success. It is more about personality and character.

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