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Reports: Miami Heat to work out Eddy Curry again

Posted on: June 26, 2011 3:53 pm
Edited on: June 26, 2011 3:56 pm
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The Miami Heat will reportedly work out free agent center Eddy Curry. Posted by Ben Golliver. eddy-curry

Back in April, much to everyone's surprise, the Miami Heat reportedly considered signing free agent Eddy Curry.

The massive center -- who reportedly weighs well above 300 pounds and has dealt with financial problems off the court -- has played in just 10 games combined since the 2007-2008 season. He's a giant red flag in every sense of the word.

Nevertheless, on Sunday, HoopsWorld.com reported and the Sun-Sentinel confirmed that the Heat will give Curry another look in a workout this week.
A source familiar with the situation confirmed Sunday to the Sun Sentinel that veteran center Eddy Curry has been working with the Miami Heat in recent days, as the Heat look at free-agent options.

By league rules, teams cannot currently work out free agents who finished the season on an NBA roster. Workouts of those types of free agents cannot begin until July 1, when a lockout is expected to be imposed, shutting down all league activity. 
Given the expected turnover on their roster, the Heat, despite coming within two wins of the 2011 NBA title, are beggars when it comes to the center position and can't be choosers. They must explore all options -- including Curry -- as they look to address a frontline that was filled with aging vets last season.

Aside from Joel Anthony, who was solid once he took on the starting role in the postseason, the Heat have 36-year-old Zydrunas Ilgauskas and rookie Dexter Pittman on the roster for next season. Ilgauskas recently exercised his option to return next season but is closing in on retirement quickly. Pittman played just 11 minutes for Miami this season, although his role is sure to increase, at least to some degree, next season.  

Complicating matters is the uncertain nature of the NBA's labor situation. If Miami knew for sure that there will be a mid-level exception in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, they could be reasonably certain of acquiring a solid center in free agency. Those details are up in the air, though, and with so much money committed to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Heat are left to explore every possible veteran's minimum option in the even the league does move towards more of a hard cap system.

That's where Curry comes in. A cast-off and laughingstock for years now, it would be nice to see him add another chapter to his NBA career. More importantly, he would be a great new character in the South Beach sitcom/soap opera.
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Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2011 7:37 pm
 

Reports: Miami Heat to work out Eddy Curry again

 I just take exception to anyone accusing the Heat of trying to buy a championship while ignoring the fact that everyone else does the exact same thing

Tough. Yankee fans have to deal with that as well because its true. If you win, then you simply say we played within the rules. If you lose, expect ppl to rub your nose in it. The Heat's display after signing the medium 3 was galling. Dancing around like they were kings of the court. Well, they have one king(Wade) and 2 jokers. The Heat are the Yankees of hoops minus 26 titles. Everyone hates you. Get use to it.

I take exception to inaccuracies, misleading statements, and "fans" who ignore the facts - like the clowns who keep posting that James disappears in every fourth quarter.  I guess they were living under a rock during most of the playoffs this year. 
 Big games, mean CHAMPIONSHIP games. He's choked in the Finals twice. The first time he got a pass. Now looking back, one could say, he was just warming up.

Btw, didn't Lebron quit in the 2010 playoffs before he abanded his former team? Did you forget that one too, Mr. I Take Exception ...

Btw, why don't you change your name to Squawkman?



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Reports: Miami Heat to work out Eddy Curry again

See what I mean about ignorance?  The financial commitment to Bosh, Wade, and James doesn't restrict them to "some scrap of players".  If the Heat chose to spend an addition $50-60M in payroll to match the Lakers they'd have access to just about any role players available.  But for that to happen they're probably going to have to actually see Heat fans attend games.

Not sure how you can call a decision "stupid" when it turned out better than the financial decisions of all but one other team last year.

 Who is to say Miami would have beaten any of the top Western teams? They beat a weaker Eastern Conference allotment of teams. San Antonio, OKC, Portland and even Memphis may have beaten them or given then a run for their money. Perhaps they choked because the competition was subpar. Dallas had to beat Portland, LA and OKC. They were battle tested. Boston is aging and Chicago is a one man team.

The way you called that poster ignorant just makes you look arrogant. There is some validity to what he said. Look at the point guard you picked up from the scrap heap. Bibby is washed up. Outside of the top 3, the Heat roster is basically scrub city. Now, they're looking @ Curry? Whose really the ignorant one here?




Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2011 7:15 pm
 

Reports: Miami Heat to work out Eddy Curry again

  I never thought I'd see the words "Eddy Curry" and "work out" in the same sentence.

 
 Yeah, like Lebron and NBA champion.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2011 7:12 pm
 

Reports: Miami Heat to work out Eddy Curry again

Gee, you're dumb.

Ask Boston and Chicago what James did in the 4th quarter of big games
 1) It was a joke.

2) What about the finals, Sherlock? Lebron gave choking a new lexicon. Geez, that guy lebroned in the clutch didn't he?

Hawkman? Such a fitting name. Your posts are for the birds.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2011 1:12 pm
 

Reports: Miami Heat to work out Eddy Curry again

There is no hurt in giving him a workout.  But he has not played in 3 years, and on the rare occasion he is actually motivated and in shape, he is still a poor defender and a poor rebounder.  I wonder if this is just a favor to his agent, since he has the same agent as LBJ. If they signed someone who is an OK rebounder and an OK defender with no offense they would be better off.  And whether he signs or not I don't see him getting a lot of minutes. 



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2011 10:13 am
 

Reports: Miami Heat to work out Eddy Curry again

I am not a Heat fan nor a LeBron lover, but it is time to get over the Heat and LeBron.  It was LeBron people hated, but basketball is a game and he made a decision to play for someone else.  End of story.  As for Curyy, he looks like he eats far too much Curry.  I just cannot see the Heat willing to invest, not money, but time into this project that at one point in his career had a heart issue.  I could see them going after a kid like Oden.  If Oden can get healthy, he has the size to help them.  It is not necessarily offense the Heat needs, but it was the fact that they could not shot the ball over the zone that really killed them in the finals.  So, whatever they do is good for basketball and we as fans enjoyed the ride.  But, I do see them going after someone else, not Curry



Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: June 27, 2011 5:36 pm
 

Reports: Miami Heat to work out Eddy Curry again

Yes, I see your point, Hawkman. Many posters are ranting about Miami, instead of looking at the situation even somewhat objectively. It got to the point were I grew weary of all the talk about the Heat, but the fact is that during the summer of 2010, more than a few teams tried to get James, Wade, Bosh, and every other free agent out there. Miami, whether or not anyone out there likes it, will not be going away anytime soon. People are allowing their dislike of the Heat to cloud their judgement, hence the posts that we see on this forum.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2011 3:14 pm
 

Reports: Miami Heat to work out Eddy Curry again

But that's not going to happen since they stupidly commit so much money to the big 3 and what they are getting is some scrap of players that are dumb enough to be fooled by a promise of getting a championship.
See what I mean about ignorance?  The financial commitment to Bosh, Wade, and James doesn't restrict them to "some scrap of players".  If the Heat chose to spend an addition $50-60M in payroll to match the Lakers they'd have access to just about any role players available.  But for that to happen they're probably going to have to actually see Heat fans attend games.

Not sure how you can call a decision "stupid" when it turned out better than the financial decisions of all but one other team last year.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Reports: Miami Heat to work out Eddy Curry again

 The issue that separated them from everyone else was the hubris that was on display, starting in July 2010, with the celebration at Miami's American Airlines Arena. 
Oh, I agree, that whole fiasco was dumb.  I just take exception to anyone accusing the Heat of trying to buy a championship while ignoring the fact that everyone else does the exact same thing, and MOST teams spend a lot more money trying, and failing.  No, you didn't say there was anything "wrong" with how they were put together - you just re-emphasized that they were trying to buy a championship, which is an absolutely ridiculous point given the organization's payroll relative to the rest of the league.

Pretty sure I didn't post a single comment on whether they're liked or disliked because I couldn't care less.  I take exception to inaccuracies, misleading statements, and "fans" who ignore the facts - like the clowns who keep posting that James disappears in every fourth quarter.  I guess they were living under a rock during most of the playoffs this year. 



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: June 27, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Reports: Miami Heat to work out Eddy Curry again

SoO the Big Three need a Big Laugh.  Well here's your guy, the so called savior of NY.  Didn't work there and it won't work here.  They have a center in Zyd, and a back up in Pittman, with the Big three that's all they need.  Let Pittman play more, let Zyd slowly void himself into retirement and let the King and his court do what the big contracts promised.  If everyone thought Curry was a laughingstock in NY wait and hear what's laughed about next year if Miami doesn't win it all.  Maybe they should try to lure Dirk out of Dallas.


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