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OMG….He’s Still Playing?
Tuesday , Feb , 15 , 2011 Paul Eide

OMG….He’s Still Playing?

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;

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Thursday , Nov , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Lakers interested in Erick Dampier?

The Lakers will talk to the representative for free-agent Erick Dampier, though it might not be a good match for either side. 

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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.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Sep , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Dampier considering Houston and Milwaukee?

Erick Dampier is considering Houston and Milwaukee, two sources close to the situation have told FanHouse.
 
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He’s cheap insurance. Like Geico. Or All-State.

The Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks both have star centers on the mend, so signing veteran big man Erick Dampier makes sense.

Ideally, Dampier would serve as a bench piece. He'd grab rebounds. Block a few shots. And give Yao Ming and Andrew Bogut a nice break to avoid further injuries.
 
For that reason alone, Dampier's worth a one or two year contract.

But suppose Yao or Bogut gets hurt –something that isn’t out of the realm of possibilities. Dampier could step in, log major minutes, and provide a defensive presence down the middle.

Bottom line: Dampier would fit nicely in Houston or Milwaukee.  

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Sep , 15 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Small market Bobcats had to waive Dampier

"We explored several trade possibilities involving Erick, but ultimately we have been unable to find a viable option that we felt made our team better," general manager Rod Higgins said. "Out of respect to Erick, we have decided to release him at this time so he may pursue opportunities with other teams prior to training camp."
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: They had to do it.

The Charlotte Bobcats had a dilemma with Erick Dampier: they could trade his voidable contract for a player or waive him and get under the luxury tax.

Translation: they could improve their basketball team or improve their bottom line.

In the end, Charlotte waived Dampier. After all, the Bobcats are a small market team. The area has been especially hard hit by The Recession, meaning Team Jordan is struggling to generate revenue through selling tickets and luxury suites.

Waiving Dampier allows Charlotte to get under the luxury tax. And it will play a small part in helping to stabilize one of the league’s most troubled franchises.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Sep , 13 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Report: Bobcats looking to trade Erick Dampier’s voidable contract?

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.

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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.

Beginning tomorrow, the veteran’s contract can be voided without penalty. A team could acquire him, waive him, and be off the hook for the final year of his $13 million contract.

In today’s economy, this is an in valuable asset. In fact, the Bobcats could trade him to a team looking to cut salary and get back a quality player.

Depending on the Bobcats’ finances, owner Michael Jordan could also release Dampier and re-sign him for less or release him and sign a cheaper post. This would help the team get under the luxury tax.

So Erick Dampier will be the focus of much speculation, and it’s all because of the business of basketball.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Jul , 13 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Mavericks, Not Raptors, acquire Chandler from Bobcats for Carroll, Dampier, and Najera

Tyson Chandler and Alex Ajinca have been dealt by the Bobcats to Dallas for the non-guaranteed contract of Erick Dampier, Matt Carroll and Eduardo Najera, according to a source. Chandler believed he would be traded to the Raptors on Monday, but owner Michael Jordan backed out of the trade.

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