Jared Reiner. Damir Markota. Francisco Elson. Dan Gadzuric. Jake Voskuhl. Primoz Brezec.
Finding a backup center for Andrew Bogut hasn’t been an easy task for the Milwaukee Bucks since their center was picked number one in 2005. Now, finally, the Bucks may have the inside track on the reasonably priced, veteran big man they’ve been searching for all of these years.
Sam Amick of AOL Fanhouse is reporting that Erick Dampier is considering joining the Milwaukee Bucks.
Dampier would see significant time playing behind center Andrew Bogut. He was told as much by Scott Skiles, according to the sources, as he spoke with the Bucks coach recently about how he would fit and was pleased with the tone of the discussion.
Given the Bucks salary cap situation, the best they can do for Dampier is a veterans’ minimum salary offer of $1.3 million.
The importance of the salary in the Dampier situation has yet to really be illustrated. Miami had appeared to have been interested in signing Dampier aboard to beef up their front line, but backed off suddenly, supposedly due to the confidence in their current front court rotation. Miami had only the minimum available to offer Dampier and if he was willing to accept the Heat’s meager offer to play for a team everyone thinks will contend for, if not win, the title, he may be willing to accept what the Bucks are offering to advance deeper into the playoffs.
A possible addition of Dampier would leave the Bucks loaded with bodies (some bigger than others) up front. Milwaukee would obviously have Bogut and Dampier as their natural centers, with Drew Gooden, Jon Brockman, Larry Sanders, Ersan Ilyasova and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute likely all vying for playing time at power forward. Given that Dampier’s contract would push the Bucks roster count up to 17, it’s likely Tiny Gallon’s non-guaranteed deal will be a camp casualty. In addition, a recent Tweet from Gery Woelfel indicated that Milwaukee won’t have the services of Darington Hobson for at least three months. Upon further searching, it does appear that Tweet’s been deleted, so we’ll have to see how that shakes out. If the Bucks could work out an injury settlement with Hobson and release Gallon, that would free up a spot on the 15-man roster for Dampier.
But that doesn’t mean that’s the last we’ll have seen of Gallon and Hobson, if they are indeed released.
A new NBA/D-League allocation rule implementation that is reportedly set to take place, would allow three players released from a team’s training camp to join a team’s D-League affiliate while not having to remain on the 15-man roster. At the moment, I’m not certain whether or not those players technically remain property of the team that had previously cut them, or if this just means they go to that team’s affiliate. I’ll do my best to update this when that information becomes available.