November 08, 2010
The Houston Rockets and free agent center Erik Dampier agreed on a one-year deal two weeks ago, but the team first needed to clear a roster spot.
But things have changed since then and the 1-5 Rockets won't be adding Dampier, according to the Houston Chronicle. The plan had been to trade second-year guard Jermaine Taylor(notes), but the team told him Sunday that it changed plans and wasn't going to sign Dampier and move him after all.
Dampier has had a rough couple of months on the job front. He was traded from the Dallas Mavericks to the Charlotte Bobcats this summer and then got waived from the team on Sept. 14. Conventional wisdom had him joining the Miami Heat, but then Pat Riley seemed to realize that he already had enough big men with Joel Anthony(notes), Jamaal Magloire(notes) and Zydrunas Ilgauskas(notes).
Then the 6-11 center, who averaged 6.0 points, 1.4 blocked shots, and 7.3 rebounds per game last season for the Mavs went through a seemingly endless cycle that had the Milwaukee Bucks, Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns all taking a look at him.
And now he's back on the job market. Just like millions of other Americans.