Source: Heat to sign center Dampier

It looks like help is on the way.

Shorthanded after losing forward Udonis Haslem for several months due to foot surgery, the Miami Heat will sign center Erick Dampier on Tuesday, a league source tells’s Bill Reiter.

The free-agent big man arrived in Miami on Monday and was in attendance during the Heat’s loss to the Pacers. Pending a physical, Dampier is expected to sign a one-year deal at the veteran’s minimum. The Heat had previously worked out Dampier in September, but didn’t offer him a contract.

The situation for Miami became desperate when Haslem tore ligaments in his left foot in a loss at Memphis on Saturday. Lacking size to begin with, things got worse during the Heat’s second straight defeat on Monday night, which dropped the newly assembled squad to 8-6 for the season.

The 35-year-old Dampier has had previous stints with the Pacers, Warriors and most recently the Mavericks.