Yogi Ferrell might be more in danger of falling out of the rotation than Curry, if not off the roster entirely, but Curry's value takes a hit nonetheless with the selection of Smith. At 24-years-old, it seems that Curry will move into a reserve role behind Smith and Wesley Matthews, with J.J. Barea and Devin Harris also threatening for a portion of reserve guard minutes.
Curry could still potentially require surgery on his injured left shoulder this offseason, Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Curry was forced to miss eight of the final 11 games of the season due to a nagging shoulder injury. He indicated Friday that while surgery is not necessary at this point, it is still a "possibility". The current hope is that rehabbing will eventually cure his ailing shoulder, but the 26-year-old admitted he is just "taking it day-by-day." Curry started 42 games for the Mavericks during a breakout season, recording career highs of 12.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.1 steals, and 2.0 triples across 29.0 minutes per game.
Curry won't require offseason surgery on his left shoulder, but will likely need a month of rehab to recover from the injury, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.
The Mavericks shut Curry down for the final seven games of the season after the pain in his left shoulder became too much to bear, resulting in a disappointing finish to what had been a promising first year with the team. Fortunately for the 26-year-old, it sounds like he'll be able to address the injury through simple rest and rehab, putting him on track to return to training camp at full health. While the Mavericks figure to address their backcourt to some extent via the draft or free agency, Curry has a decent shot to open next season as the club's starting point guard after averaging 12.8 points (on 48.1% shooting), 2.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 2.0 three-pointers and 1.1 steals in 29.0 minutes per game in 2016-17.
Curry will undergo surgery on his left shoulder during the offseason, Earl Sneed of Mavs.com reports.
Curry missed the final five games of the Mavericks' season due to soreness in the shoulder, and he announced at the team's exit interviews Thursday that the injury will require surgery. Curry did not state when, exactly, he'll undergo the procedure, but he noted that it'll entail at least a month of aggressive rehab. While it's not the most encouraging development, Curry should have no trouble working back to 100 percent health before the start of next season.
Curry had already missed the previous four games due to the sore left shoulder, and with the season winding down and the Mavericks already eliminated from playoff contention, the team decided it was best to shut the 26-year-old down in order to avoid worsening the injury heading into the offseason. Though his season will end on a disappointing note, Curry was one of the few pleasant surprises in an otherwise down season for the Mavericks. The 26-year-old averaged 12.8 points (on 48.1% shooting from the field) and chipped in 2.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 2.0 three-pointers and 1.1 steals in 29.0 minutes per game over 70 appearances on the season. Though the Mavericks will likely address their backcourt over the summer via free agency and the draft, Curry should be primed to open the 2017-18 campaign as the team's sixth man if he's not viewed as a viable starting option at either point guard or shooting guard.
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