NBA Rumors: Will the Miami Heat Sign Eddy Curry to Play Center?

Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2011

BOSTON - NOVEMBER 24:  Eddy Curry #34 of the New York Knicks looks on during a game against the Boston Celtics at the TD Banknorth Garden on November 24, 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts.  The New York Knicks defeated the Boston Celtics 101-77. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Miami Heat desperately need a center, and they may look to the infamous Eddy Curry to fill that gaping hole on their roster.

Over the last few years of his career, Curry has become known more for sitting on the bench in a suit than for the 2006-07 season in which he showed promise for the New York Knicks.

He averaged 19.5 points and seven rebounds a game that year (it was the fifth straight season he'd averaged double-figures in scoring).  Everything went downhill from there.  Knicks coach Isiah Thomas reduced Curry's minutes from 35 to 25 a game the next year, and the big man's scoring average dropped to 13.2.

The Knicks hired Mike D'Antoni the following offseason, and Curry played just a total of 12 minutes over three games during the 2008-09 season. He went up to seven games the next year ('09-10), but didn't log a single minute this past season.

Curry's fall has been well documented, so running you through details here would be trivial.

I always enjoy a good comeback story, and I'm hoping Curry's career will become one of those. Everyone deserves a second chance.  Curry may be getting his in Miami with some other infamous players.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Pat Riley and the Miami Heat are working with the big man right now.

On a team where Curry will be anything but the focus of attention, he may be able to redefine himself.

He's still on the right side of 30 (at 28 years old), and was once a serious presence in the paint.  For his career, he averages 18.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per 36 minutes.

With the centers Miami played last year, they may as well have had me out there.  If Curry can get himself into good shape, he'll definitely be an upgrade.


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