Much has already been said about the trade that brought Erick Dampier over to the Bobcats along with the likelihood of the team actually signing him to a contract since that $13.1 million that Mark Cuban had promised him is just way too much.
Sure enough the talks have stalled and the team is looking to dump him in September and then possibly resign him for less. However, if they do waive him with the hopes of resigning him they may end up seeing him simply walk away.
Now for many of you I know that would not be a big deal. The guy wants too much money and is simply not worth the price tag he is waiving. Me, I hate to give anything up and then essentially get little back. I refer to the trade.
Personally, I was a fan of Tyson Chandler (after having him on my fantasy team during the 2007-08 season when he averaged a nice double-double). Yes, he has not done as well since and has only played in 45 and 51 games the last two seasons, but I had hopes to see him rebound in 2010 myself.
Of the three players that the Bobcats got for Chandler (and the seldom used Alexis Ajinca) Dampier is the most proven commodity. Matt Carroll and Eduardo Najera have not done much in their limited NBA time yet so unless your banking on Larry Brown turning those guys into players then the lynch pin of the trade for Chandler has to be Dampier.
Letting him walk in hopes of resigning him for less may be the best business move, but I don’t think it would happen. I think that the Miami Heat might take him instead.
No, I don’t think they are going to pay the money that he wants, but they will give him something that he thought he had in Dallas all those years–a legitimate shot at winning an NBA title. Miami has been the center of the NBA universe this off-season thanks to Chris Bosh and that guy from Cleveland. However, Pat Riley is missing one important piece to his title puzzle, a half way decent center.
The Heat currently have Joel Anthony (who?), Zydrunas Ilgauskas (the player no one really wanted last season), Jamaal Magloire (decent but no superstar) and Dexter Pittman (again–who?) to choose from. It could be argued that Dampier is better than all four (Magloire being the only real competitor of the four).
Miami can’t pay him the money he wants, but what player in his right mind would not take whatever the Heat offered in order to have a solid shot at wining a NBA title?
The question then becomes whether the Bobcats want to just say good bye or try to get something for him. Magloire came into the league with Charlotte (Hornets) and may like the idea of going back to his original NBA city/ home. In the two full seasons he started for the Hornets back in 2002-04 he looked pretty good. Averaging close to a double-double on year and averaging a double-double the next.
It has been a few years since he has had a solid year, but Magloire has not had the minutes or the supporting cast when he was getting time to really have a good chance of piling up any statistics. In Charlotte he would provide Larry Brown with an experienced option while Brown tries to figure out what to do with the other guys (Diop, Brown, Mohammed).
So what do you say Miami, Erick Dampier for Jamaal Magloire?