HoopsHype Erick Dampier rumors

November 22, 2010 Updates

The Lakers still want to add a free-agent center after losing reserve Theo Ratliff for at least three to five more weeks. "We're looking into that and we hope to get something settled this week," Jackson said. Former Dallas center Erick Dampier wants a guaranteed contract for the rest of the season, but the Lakers hope to sign a player for only a week or two. Los Angeles Times

November 18, 2010 Updates

Another possibility remains veteran Erick Dampier, though it might not be a perfect match. Dampier is expected to want a guaranteed contract for the rest of the season, while the Lakers are looking for a little more mobility in the post. Los Angeles Times

November 17, 2010 Updates

The Lakers will talk to the representative for free-agent Erick Dampier, though it might not be a good match for either side. Dampier will want more than a short-term contract, and the Lakers are looking for a little more mobility in the post. Los Angeles Times

November 16, 2010 Updates

Long-term, Bynum has yet to prove he can get through a heavy minute season without injury. Ratliff is one of the oldest players in the NBA (37) and had yet to make an impact off the bench (shooting 16.7%) although that may have been the knee injury. Given the team's investment and expectations, looking for an additional center would be wise. Erick Dampier remains a free agent. The center has been tied to numerous clubs this offseason since being waived by the Charlotte Bobcats (for economic reasons). Recently he reportedly had a deal with the Houston Rockets but that would eventually fall through. Perhaps there's a reason why Dampier hasn't latched on to a team yet (like conditioning) but Erick could be an important insurance policy should Bynum suffer any further setbacks. HoopsWorld

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The Suns, sources say, were the latest team to inquire on Wednesday. The Heat, who earlier backed away from committing to Dampier, appear to have a different view now that their lack of size has been exposed in recent games against New Orleans (Okafor) and Utah (Paul Millsap.) CBSSports.com

November 9, 2010 Updates

Houston's deal with center Erick Dampier fell apart, but the Suns are not getting involved yet. They had already cooled on the idea of signing him. But their rebounding issues are getting worse. Memphis was the only team ranked lower in defensive rebounding than Phoenix entering Monday. Arizona Republic

November 8, 2010 Updates

The Rockets will not sign Dampier as planned, with the Rockets’ stumbling start making the short-term move no longer appealing to either the team or veteran player. Houston Chronicle

The Rockets had entertained several trade scenarios and sources said they had a few offers they were interested in, but either the Rockets 1-5 start or their inability to get a deal done has both parties walking away. Sources close to the situation said Toronto was Dampier favorite situation; although he chose Houston mainly because he felt they were closer to the playoffs. With the Rockets struggling, it seems Dampier and the Rockets have had a "mutual" change of heart. HoopsWorld

Taylor, 6-4, said he regretted sending a tweet last week saying he felt he had been lied to because it was assumed to have been directed at the Rockets. He said it was meant for Whitaker, who had been telling him when he would hear news. “I understood,” Whitaker said. “He was feeling a lot of anxiety, a lot of pressure with everyone asking him every day if he heard something. I was just telling him when the Rockets thought they would have news. It was a very difficult stretch for him. “This is a good thing. It lets him know he’s going to be a Rocket. He doesn’t have to be concerned if he will be traded.” Houston Chronicle

October 30, 2010 Updates

Proximity to home, minutes and a chance to play for a contender all played a part in free agent Erick Dampier‘s decision to choose Houston over Toronto. The veteran center agreed to a one-year deal with the Rockets on Friday for the bi-annual exception of $2.08 million. “Erick believes had can help push Houston over the top,” Dampier’s agent Dan Fegan told NBA.com. “[Houston general manager] Daryl Morey and [coach] Rick Adelman asked Damp to watch their games to see how he would fit in there. He’s joining a very good team and will have an opportunity to play.” NBA.com

Fegan said Dampier seriously considered Toronto, which he visited during the offseason along with other teams such as Miami. “It was a really close decision between Toronto and Houston,” Fegan said. “[Raptors general manager] Bryan Colangelo made a really compelling argument that Damp could have a long-term future in Toronto.” The Raptors were also offering a one-year contract for the minimum, but had discussed the possibility of a long-term deal if Dampier had a strong season. Dampier, 35, still has a home in Dallas. He was traded to Charlotte in July and waived by the Bobcats last month in a salary-cap move. “Toronto was a good situation, but at the end of the day the distance from home also factored into the decision,” Fegan said. NBA.com

Seeking depth and a defensive presence in the paint, the Rockets on Friday reached an agreement that would bring in free agent center Erick Dampier on a one-year contract worth roughly $2 million. The Rockets began pursuing Dampier last month, with Dampier meeting with Rockets coach Rick Adelman Sept. 20 and had considered several offers since before choosing the Rockets over an offer from the Toronto Raptors. Dampier had been close to choosing the Rockets since Tuesday before coming to terms with the Rockets Friday afternoon, preferring a one-year deal to the two-year bi-annual exception package the Rockets had offered. Houston Chronicle

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