|The Hawks have signed veteran big man Erick Dampier to a 10-day contract. (Getty Images)|
The Atlanta Hawks, who lost All-Star center Al Horford to injury in January, have made a move to shore up their interior depth. It's not exactly a blockbuster.
The Hawks announced on Thursday that the team has inked veteran center Erick Dampier to a 10-day contract. The 36-year-old Dampier spent the 2010-2011 season with the Miami Heat and was unsigned during the December free agency period.
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.
Dampier joins Zaza Pachulia and Jason Collins in the middle for Atlanta and his signing brings Atlanta to a full-15 man roster.
His 10-day stretch is well-timed, as the Hawks will face the Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers over the next week and a half, a tough stretch. The Hawks will have the option of signing him to a second 10-day contract after the first term expires.
Atlanta is currently 17-9 on the season, good for second place in the Southeast Division and No. 5 overall in the Eastern Conference.