Miami Heat will not offer a contract to Erick Dampier

The Miami Heat have decided not to offer a contract to unrestricted free agent Erick Dampier. Despite indicating a clear interest in the center at Thursday's press conference, Pat Riley has apparently changed his mind and will forge ahead in training camp with the group of centers consisting of Joel Anthony, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Juwan Howard, and Dexter Pittman already signed to fully guaranteed contracts. Power forwards Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem may also see time at that position. Already loaded with 18 players signed to contracts ahead of training camp next week, 24-year-old 6-11 center Mickell Gladness will also reportedly participate for the Heat. The signing of Dampier was reported to have been imminent throughout the week and had been generally regarded as the final piece to the roster to address a supposed weakness in the center spot. This would have likely meant Jamaal Magloire, a close friend of Dwyane Wade's, would have been cut in favor of Dampier. Players such as Kenny Hasbrouck, Patrick Beverley and Shavlik Randolph still remain in danger of getting cut with rookie Da'Sean Butler in the lead for the 15th and final roster spot.
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