CLEVELAND - MARCH 29: Erick Dampier #25 of the Miami Heat is surrounded by Cleveland Cavaliers defenders during the game on March 29, 2011 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Per an official release by the team, the Atlanta Hawks have signed free agent center Erick Dampier to a 10-day contract. Atlanta had been looking to add depth to its front court after injuries sidelined Al Horford and Jason Collins. Dampier appeared in 51 games for the Heat last season averaging 2.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
The Full Release:
The Atlanta Hawks today signed 15-year veteran center Erick Dampier to a 10-day contract, according to Executive Vice President/General Manager Rick Sund.
Selected 10th overall by Indiana in the 1996 NBA Draft, Dampier has played in 972 regular season games and 57 playoff contests with Indiana, Golden State, Dallas and Miami. He appeared in 51 games last season for the Heat, averaging 2.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 0.9 bpg (.584 FG%, .545 FT%).
He's averaged 7.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 1.4 bpg over his career (.498 FG%, .626 FT%). With 6,980 career rebounds and 1,394 blocks, Dampier ranks 14th and 7th respectively on the NBA active career lists. His 2,713 offensive boards ranks 5th among active players.
Dampier will wear uniform no. 25.