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Dampier top choice to replace Udonis Haslem (Update: Confirmed)

Udonis will undergo surgery Tuesday for the torn ligament in his left foot making a return before February unlikely. Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss the entire season. In the wake of the unfortunate injury, the nation’s wish of acquiring veteran Erick Dampier might finally come true. ESPN reports:
Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com on Monday that Dampier, who spent the past six seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, has emerged as the Heat's top choice to replace Udonis Haslem in the wake of Haslem's foot injury and could join Miami as soon as this week.

In order to sign Dampier or any free agent, the Heat can seek approval from the NBA for a disabled player exception, freeing up 50% of Haslem’s salary ($1.75M) and opening a roster spot for such player. The veteran minimum for a player with more than 10 years experience (Dampier has 13) is currently set at $1.35M. The Heat will have 45 days to acquire the replacement player after the exception has been granted. Without the disabled player exception, the Heat can keep Udonis on the roster while injured and waive a player to make room. Such unfortunate waiving would likely be used on rookie Dexter Pittman or veteran Jamaal Magloire. While the Dampier signing addresses size and rebounding to a degree, Dampier is also 35 years of age with high mileage on his legs. A knee injury slowed him through the 09-10 season and the Heat were not impressed in his workout visit just a month ago. Still, after lackluster performances from the current frontcourt, Dampier gives the Heat a much needed presence in the paint with the girth to bang with the best of them. Update: Sources have confirmed Heat will sign Erick Dampier on Tuesday to a one-year vet's minimum contract.