Miami Heat: How Does Big Man Erick Dampier Make the Team Better?

September 23rd, 2010 by John Friel Leave a reply »
As if the Miami Heat weren't already strong enough to begin with.

Pat Riley made possibly the final acquisition of a historic offseason by reportedly signing former Dallas Maverick starting center Erick Dampier to a deal worth $2.8 million. Dampier was originally set to play for the Charlotte Bobcats after being sent from Dallas in a deal over the offseason before being waived and made a free agent.

The 6'11" center has narrowed his options down to either the Heat or the Houston Rockets and while the Rockets can offer him more money, the Heat can give Dampier the opportunity of not only playing for an immediate contender, but a starting role as well. Erick would be the starting center on the Heat if he is set to join, rather than there being a slight chance he might not start on Houston with the return of Yao Ming.

While the signing of Dampier drastically improves this Heat team in the middle with a stronger, more opposing threat in the middle, it could leave conflict among the now bench warmers that are in the depth chart listed as centers.

Joel Anthony was slated to be the Heat's official starting center at the beginning of the seas ...

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