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Utah “could emerge as possible suitor” for Dampier

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According to Michael Wallace of the Miami Herald, the Utah Jazz may be interested in offering free agent center Erick Dampier a contract.

Dampier would make a lot of sense for the Jazz -- starting center Mehmet Okur is still recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon, and new acquisition Al Jefferson has generally been considered a defensive liability.

Dampier is a very good defender and shot-blocker who doesn’t need the ball on offense, and both of those qualities would make him a very good frontcourt partner for Jefferson. (Or, for that matter, Chris Bosh.)

Chicago, Miami, and Denver are thought to be the other teams with a serious interest in signing Dampier.