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Erick Dampier Still Interested In Suns, Decision Coming Soon Agent Says

Erick Dampier's agent Dan Fegan told the Arizona Republic that his client will be making a decision soon and Phoenix could be the lucky team to win the rose.

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Erick Dampier Considers Suns A 'Top Team', Signing Him Both Solves And Creates Problems For Phoenix

The Phoenix Suns have made it quite clear that they are interested in the services of veteran center Erick Dampier. Dampier's agent Dan Fegan has now given us a clear indication that the feeling is mutual. Fegan told the Arizona Republic that the 14-year pro is considering the Suns and names Phoenix as one of the "top teams" on his list. A decision is expected in time for Dampier to be on a team's opening-night roster, which gets set on Monday.

A large part of Dampier's decision probably revolves around his potential playing time with each of the teams he's targeting. In Phoenix, he could join the Suns' second unit which both fills a desperate need for rebounding, but also creates yet another log-jam issue for coach Gentry who is already trying to juggle too few minutes for too many players.

Watching the current group of Frye, Warrick, Childress, Dudley and Dragic play against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night, it became very apparent that unit would struggle on the glass this season. The Warriors bench out-rebounded the Suns 32-25 while the entire Suns team was only minus four in that category for the game. Dampier would certainly help keep opposing big men off the boards. 

Dampier would also take minutes from somebody in the current 10-man rotation and give an already deep team an even greater challenge when it comes to keeping guys happy by getting them enough playing time. Dampier, never known for his ability to run the floor, would also slow the dynamic bench unit who has shown glimpses of how they can out-work opponents.

The easy answer is to only play Dampier in certain situations where opponents have a significant size advantage and as a back up to Robin Lopez should he go down with injury, but that would also limit his ability to contribute on a regular basis. I am sure Dampier is carefully considering all of these factors in making his decision, along with the conditioning requirements of an up-tempo Suns team.

The Suns currently have 14 players on their roster after cutting Dwayne Jones and Zabian Dowdell on Tuesday. That means that they have room for Dampier without having to waive anyone. Of course, the Suns could decide that young center Garret Siler is expendable.

With the new D-league rules in place, Siler would be assigned to the Phoenix Suns affiliate, Iowa Energy. That assumes, however, that Siler agrees to play another year in the D-league and doesn't take a better paying contract overseas. Even if Siler goes to the Energy, his rights wouldn't be held by Phoenix, so he could get signed by another NBA team.

[Note by Seth Pollack, 10/21/10 12:00 PM MST ]

To update on the D-league status of Siler, Jones, and Dowdell: All would return to their previous D-league teams (Utah, Tulsa, and Austin) because they played for those teams before. If the Suns were to cut Matt Janning, who has never played in the D-league, he would go to the Iowa Energy. The Suns wouldn't hold the rights to any of those guys if they got waived regardless of where they play in the D-league. 


Erick Dampier To Decide Soon, Gentry Says

The Suns continue to show interest in big man Erick Dampier, who was in Phoenix Thursday and Friday to meet with club officials. 

"It's just a process," Gentry said on Friday before taking the Suns to Palm Springs for an outdoor preseason game on Saturday against the Mavericks

"Obviously, he's evaluating us and some other things, and at some point in the near future, I'm sure I think he'll make a decision."

Gentry has been very candid about the size deficiencies on his roster and the Suns have spent most of the offseason exploring a variety of options for the backup center position.

"When you look at a team like the Lakers and they run (Andrew) Bynum and Pau (Gasol) and Lamar (Odom) and a bunch of seven-foot guys, and they added Theo Ratliff, I just think you can't ever have too much size on a team," Gentry said.

If Dampier is added to the team, it would likely mean the immediate end to Garret Siler's chances to the make the Suns and might also make Dwayne Jones expendable. 


Erick Dampier Will Meet With Suns

New Suns President of Basketball Operations has confirmed that he will meet with veteran free agent Erick Dampier in Phoenix today.

The Suns are obviously still concerned about the lack of size and rebounding behind Robin Lopez and could use Dampier as insurance if Lopez went down with another injury.

It is possible the Suns could even play Dampier and Lopez together at times against certain teams. Robin played power forward in college and is quick enough to defend some power forwards and has improved his mid-range game to allow him to space the floor at least to some degree.

Dampier is also reportedly meeting with the Chicago Bulls this week.


Suns Still In Running For Erick Dampier

It's been awhile since we heard anything about Erick Dampier and for awhile it looked like he was going to Miami or Houston, but now Marc Stein from ESPN reports that the Phoenix Suns are still very much in the running.

Dampier will reportedly meet with the Chicago Bulls this week and also will be speaking to the Suns.

Dampier would make a solid option as a back up center and provide more size and rebounding to the Suns bench.

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