Curry got into good shape in the 2011-2012 season with the NBA champion Miami Heat. To say he played sparingly would be a generous way to describe his time in South Beach—he played in only 14 games last season.
This preseason he averaged 8.4 points, playing 15.2 minutes per game with the San Antonio Spurs. He was waived after playing five exhibition games, but the Mavericks quickly put in a waiver claim for Curry.
He wasted no time showing he could help the team.
Curry had 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots in 25 minutes in his Mavericks debut. This is a man that's serious about rekindling his career. Let's not forget, Curry is only 29 years old. He's still 7'0", but he's no longer well over 300 pounds.
Curry has always had nimble feet for a big man, and a good touch around the basket. From the 2002-2003 season to the 2007-2008 campaign, Curry averaged at least 10.5 points. In 2006-2007, Curry averaged a career-high 19.5 points per game.
Things headed downhill from there because of injuries, weight issues and a bevy of personal problems. Those personal problems include suffering through the murder of the mother of his children and their infant daughter (per ESPN).
Curry has learned some tough lessons, but he is certainly doing things to turn his career around.
Besides the humanity aspect of the story, the Mavericks need Curry. The team has Chris Kaman and rookie Bernard James as the only centers on their roster.
Curry could be a solid backup option for Kaman and a respectable option as a starter if Kaman goes down. Kaman played 47 of 66 games in the 2011-2012 season. Before that, he's played more than 50 games in only one season since the 2007-2008 season.
It seems like a no-brainer for the Mavericks to retain Curry.
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