Maybe rings, Miami winning out over money for Dampier


Dampier.jpgDoes Erick Dampier want the rings or the money more?

Rings, according to Ken Berger of His sources told him that the Miami Heat are the frontrunners for Damps’ services. There may be questions about how much Dampier can give at his age, but he is a more complete player than Joel Anthony, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and everyone else the Heat have on the roster.

However, the Heat can only offer the veteran’s minimum of a $1.4 million.

Houston — a dark-horse contender if you think Yao Ming can stay healthy for a season — have offered a two-year deal north of $4 million.

But apparently LeBron, Wade, Bosh and the rings they likely can provide — along with the persuasive sales pitch of Pat Riley — are winning the day. For now. There’s a lot of suitors and a lot of options for Dampier.