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Report: Erick Dampier close to deal with Rockets

Oct 29, 2010, 1:09 AM EDT

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We know you’ve missed the Erick Dampier free agency updates. Almost as much as you’ve missed Erick Dampier. But we have an update and soon you may have Damps to kick around again.

Dampier is close to a deal with the Houston Rockets, according to Hoopsworld. Houston was one of several teams Dampier met with this summer and had been in talks with.

The Rockets have the 24 minutes a night out of Yao Ming and then it is Brad Miller. Damper will bring some quality minutes and better defense behind Yao. Plus if you are the Rockets front office, you have to have a contingency plan in place if Yao can’t go for a stretch.

Dampier played solid if unspectacularly for Dallas last season and is a free agent now after a trade to Charlotte because the Bobcats waived him to save the $13 million he was owed for this season. Whether Dampier signs or decides to drag this out for a little more time off remains to be seen.

  1. hnirobert3 - Oct 29, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Pat Riley needs to wake up and realize that as nice a player as Joel Anthony is, he’s undersized and has 0 offensive game. Cut Magloire, pick up Dampier and start him with Anthony coming out when they decide to go small.

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