Erick Dampier To Join the Miami Heat? Signs Point to Yes

Danny DolphinAnalyst ISeptember 21, 2010

DALLAS - DECEMBER 18:  Center Erick Dampier #25 of the Dallas Mavericks is challenged by Chuck Hayes #44 and David Andersen #13 of the Houston Rockets on December 18, 2009 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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According to the Houston Chronicle, free agent center Erick Dampier met with the Rockets on Monday for a workout. He will workout again in Houston tomorrow before heading to Miami to meet with the Heat later this week.

The Rockets reportedly offered Dampier a two-year deal worth $4 million. Miami could only offer Dampier the veteran’s minimum set at $1.4 million annually.


Analysis

It really comes down to one thing. Does he want a little more money or does he want a legitimate shot at his first championship ring?

Miami is easily ahead of Houston on the list of immediate championship contenders. Just the fact that he is meeting with Pat Riley and the Heat gives them the edge.

We all know how effective of a salesman Riley can be. My educated assumption is Dampier comes down to Miami and doesn’t leave. It makes too much sense for him to be in a Heat uniform next season.

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