When Jerry Sloan retired last week it made me face a sad reality; that I am getting old. By him retiring, it’s like another link to being a kid watching the NBA is now gone. As long as these guys continue to play, it means we’re not old. But now with no Sloan to turn to, who else should I be rooting for in the interest of keeping my youthful appearance? Here’s a short list;
The Lakers will talk to the representative for free-agent Erick Dampier, though it might not be a good match for either side.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: To be in demand.
For years, Erick Dampier was a bit player. However, the NBA loves size, so Dampier, at 7-0 and 300 pounds, always had a seven-figure job.
Sometimes he played. Most of the time, he sat.
Everything changed last summer, though. The Charlotte Bobcats acquired Dampier in a trade with the Dallas Mavericks, exercised an out-clause, and waived the final year of his $13 million pact.
Charlotte gained cap space. Dampier became, and still is, a free agent.
While the 35-year old hasn’t been making the free agent rounds like LeBron James, he has been connected to several teams.
For instance, Miami, a contending squad, had interest. Houston and Toronto have also been linked to the veteran.
Yesterday, the internet exploded with reports the Los Angeles Lakers were considering Dampier’s services.
It may not be a fit, though. The Lakers need a short term fill-in because Andrew Bynum and Theo Ratliff are injured, while Dampier will want greater security.
Still, Dampier should enjoy being in demand. He may never experience it again.
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Trade talks involving Bobcats center Erick Dampier are expected to increase beginning Monday. Dampier has a unique, voidable $13 million expiring contract.
A team can trade for Dampier and then waive him without having to absorb any of his salary.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Starting Monday, it’s on.
The Charlotte Bobcats - a small market, cap conscious team with dreams of heading back to the playoffs – will listen to offers for Erick Dampier. And Dampier will be in demand, just not for his on-court skill.