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Miami Heat step out of Erick Dampier running

Sep 24, 2010, 6:43 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for EDampier_standing.jpgErick Damper will not be taking his talents to South Beach, although why remains a mystery.

The Miami Heat have said they have stepping away from the race to bring in center free agent Erick Dampier.

Michael Wallace of the Miami Herald broke the news in a couple of tweets

Heat pass on adding free agent center Erick Dampier to the roster.

Heat gave strong consideration to Dampier, but MIA’s numbers at center (4) and comfort with roster as is were determining factors.

That, certainly, is the official line, but it is a bit curious.

Dampier is better than any of the four centers the Heat have on their roster (which is not a good statement) and Pat Riley is trying to build a winner. Joel Anthony may be the best center they have, he is 6’9″, and after that there is Big Z. But the Heat think they can get as much out of their other centers as they could Dampier, just by playing to their needs at the time.

Those close to the team say Riley backed out of the deal

The other team considered a frontrunner for Dampier’s services was the Houston Rockets, who apparently now are in the drivers seat. However, apparently the Milwaukee Bucks have entered the bidding, even though they can only offer a veteran’s minimum deal of $1.4 million.

Dampier was waived by the Charlotte Bobcats in a cost-saving measure.

  1. you - Sep 24, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Oh no!! dampier isnt going to MIAMI!!!??? there goes any hope of a ring. wade,bosh,and lebron dont have a chance..
    i guess they’ll have to settle for 65 plus wins instead of 67 plus…

  2. Terry Outlaw - Sep 25, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Obvioiusly you are smoking a crackpipe! No chance of winning a championship?! MIAMI HEAT 2011 NBA WORLD CHAMPIONS, GET USED TO HEARING IT FOR A VERY VERY LOOONGG LOONGGG TIME….and there’s nothing any of you can say or do about it to change it from happening! All of you Anti-Miami Heat haters and critics out there are losers! A critic is someone who criticizes someone else for something THEY CANNOT DO THEMSELVES! Ha ha ha, You Losers!

  3. ummokay - Sep 25, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    Ummm… if the Nets land Carmelo, couldn’t Dampier suddenly be interested in New Jersey? Last time I checked… they don’t really have anyone to play if Lopez is in foul trouble, hurt, or just needs a rest.

  4. GO BULLS - Sep 25, 2010 at 11:22 PM

    THE HEAT WILL BE LUCKY TO WIN 55 PLUS THIS YEAR. LEBRON AND DWADE WILL BUMP HEADS, AND BOSH IS A BUM. GLAD THE BULLS PASSED ON THAT SCRUB.

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