HoopsHype Erick Dampier rumors

December 5, 2012 Updates

Martin is one of many veterans — including Mike Bibby, Gilbert Arenas, Erick Dampier, and Troy Murphy — waiting for another NBA chance. According to an NBA source, the Celtics have considered bringing in Dampier for a look. Boston Globe

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The Atlanta Hawks today signed center Erick Dampier to a second 10-day contract, according to Executive Vice President/General Manager Rick Sund. The 15-year veteran has appeared in four games for the Hawks this season, after signing his first 10-day contract on February 9, averaging 2.5 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.3 spg and 0.3 bpg in 6.5 mpg. NBA.com

February 19, 2012 Updates
February 9, 2012 Updates

The Atlanta Hawks, short-handed at center following injuries to Al Horford and Jason Collins, signed 15-year veteran center Erick Dampier to a 10-day contract on Thursday. Dampier, 36, bolsters the team's roster for a tough stretch that begins with a game against Dwight Howard and the Magic on Friday night. The challenges continue with a game against the Miami Heat on Sunday and a visit to the Lakers on Tuesday. ESPN.com

February 6, 2012 Updates

The Hawks plan to sign a center and it almost certainly will be a guy on a 10-day contract rather than a permanent addition. They’ve discussed Kyrylo Fesenko, Erick Dampier and Dan Gadzuric but, as far as I know, they haven’t inquired with those guys yet to gauge their interest in a short-term gig in Atlanta. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

December 27, 2011 Updates

Chris Mannix: Boston expressed interest in Erick Dampier during free agency, sources say. May want to look into Damp again. Just no presence in the middle Twitter

December 9, 2011 Updates

Ira Winderman: Source tells Sun Sentinel Mike Bibby, Erick Dampier not in current Heat picture. 2010 camper C Mickell Gladness among D-League invitees. Twitter

June 29, 2011 Updates
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Reports surfaced Monday on 790 The Ticket in Miami that some Heat players joined the Mavericks on Sunday night while the new NBA champs partied on South Beach (photos!) after their Game 6 win. One trusted member of Mavs media confirmed that Erick Dampier was one of the Miami members in attendance, along with unnamed others. CBSSports.com

April 23, 2011 Updates

Q: Assuming Miami signs a new starting center this summer, who will end up being the odd-man-out in the rotation? Haslem is expected to be healthy and will probably share a lot of minutes down low with Bosh. So between Joel, who has played great lately, and Pittman, who has already been promised minutes next season, which one gets left out of the rotation or traded away? — Fernando. A: Pittman has been promised nothing, with his contract not even guaranteed for next season. Besides that, there should be plenty of time for everyone, with Dampier and Magloire almost assuredly not back and Ilgauskas likely retiring. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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But with the postseason right around the corner, Spoelstra seems ready to kick the tires and Dampier says he is up to the challenge. In fact, the former Mississippi State big man doesn't think this is his last postseason. "Who knows what's in store for next season," Dampier told HOOPSWORLD. "I think I can play another two or three years if I wanted to. It's not like I'm playing a lot of minutes at this point, especially when we've got four centers, so we're sharing the minutes. Go out there and play 12 minutes a game. That's what I've been playing, I'm sure it will pick up a little bit more when the playoffs start. I definitely think I have some more left in the tank. It just depends on whether I want to play or not." HoopsWorld

And even though he's been a pivotal player on an NBA Western Conference Champion team, Dampier has no complaints with the reduced role. "Very happy with it," he said about choosing the HEAT over the Lakers. "I just waited for the last minute. It gives teams an opportunity to see what they're going to have at that center position. When I came to the team they were 9-8. We've turned a lot of things around since then. So, hey, I'm just happy to be a part of it and hopefully there's going to be something big waiting for us down the road." HoopsWorld

April 7, 2011 Updates

But with the postseason right around the corner, Spoelstra seems ready to kick the tires and Dampier says he is up to the challenge. In fact, the former Mississippi State big man doesn't think this is his last postseason. "Who knows what's in store for next season," Dampier told HOOPSWORLD. "I think I can play another two or three years if I wanted to. It's not like I'm playing a lot of minutes at this point, especially when we've got four centers, so we're sharing the minutes. Go out there and play 12 minutes a game. That's what I've been playing, I'm sure it will pick up a little bit more when the playoffs start. I definitely think I have some more left in the tank. It just depends on whether I want to play or not." HoopsWorld

When HOOPSWORLD asked how much Dampier could play down the stretch, Spoelstra said "probably about what you saw tonight. Maybe a little bit less—a night-to-night basis. "Damp still has some gas in the tank," Spoelstra continued. "As the season is closing down, he's starting to play his better basketball." HEAT captain Dwyane Wade agrees with Spoelstra's assessment, but added his own caveat. "It's like when you have a car and it has a reserve tank at the end," Wade said after beating the Nets in Newark on Sunday. "He's in the reserve tank, but it's all good. You know you're gonna get home. "It was a great contribution," Wade continued. "He rebounded the ball. He did a good job of setting screens and rolling to the basket, putting the pressure on the opposing teams." HoopsWorld

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