Report: Celtics Have Considered Erick Dampier, But Haven’t Spoken With Kenyon Martin


Dec 5, 2012

Erick DampierPerhaps a veteran big man could help the Celtics shed the “soft” label that Doc Rivers placed on them last week.

According to The Boston Globe, the Celtics have considered bringing in Erick Dampier for a look, but all remains quiet on the Kenyon Martin front.

“We’ve done a thorough analysis of the marketplace,” Martin’s agent, Andy Miller, said, “and at this stage, Kenyon is obviously biting at the bit for an opportunity to get back in and show his wares. So we’ve broadened our scope from where we were originally, and that was obviously on the heels of free agency opening up. We wanted to be with a playoff-bound team and have a significant role.”

Miller also noted in the report that he has not had any conversations about Martin with Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge since July.

Martin, who turns 35 at the end of the month, played for the Clippers in 2012, averaging 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-9 forward has always been an impressive defender, though, so it’s rather surprising that he remains unsigned.

Dampier, a 6-foot-11 big man, received very few minutes in 15 games with the Hawks last season. The 37-year-old has also played for the Heat, Mavericks, Warriors and Pacers. He averaged a career-high 13.7 points and 13.3 rebounds per game with Golden State back in 2003-04.

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