Pacers, Knicks, Wiz show initial interest

Updated: July 1, 2004, 12:43 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors center Erick Dampier has opted out of his contract as expected and becomes a free agent.

Erick Dampier
Center
Golden State Warriors
Profile
2003-2004 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
74 12.3 12.0 0.8 .535 .654

Dampier, 29, opted out of the last two years of his contract to become a free agent, leaving more than $16 million on the table. He is coming off the most productive season in his eight-year career. He averaged a double-double -- 12.3 points and 12.0 rebounds -- while also blocking 1.85 shots in 32.5 minutes per game.

He has drawn the interest of the Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks and Washington Wizards, a source told ESPN's David Aldridge.

"We received the paperwork on Friday indicating that Erick has officially exercised the opt-out clause in his contract," Chris Mullin, the Warriors' executive vice president of basketball operations, said in a statement. "We intend to speak with him and his representatives when NBA rules permit us to do so, which as an unrestricted free agent is July 1."

Dampier ranked fourth in the league in rebounding and seventh with 42 double-doubles. He has hired a new agent, Dan Fegan, in Los Angeles.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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