Eddy Curry to The Bobcats?

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IDecember 24, 2008

LayupDrill.com’s Christmas Rumor Special

With Eddy Curry set to begin practicing again after suffering a knee injury, there have been rumors about Curry being shipped out of New York.

There are a few teams that could use Curry’s services—with Charlotte being the likely destination.

Curry publicly stated that he was fond of Larry Brown during his short stint in the Big Apple.

"I don't know what's going to happen," Curry said. "I enjoyed playing for Larry [Brown] when he was here."

Executives around the league expect Curry to be dealt to the Bobcats along with Knicks’ forward David Lee, in exchange for Boris Diaw and Raja Bell—who were received in the Jason Richardson trade from Phoenix.

Realistically, this deal may never happen.  

Lee is set to become a restricted free agent, which may not be in the Bobcats’ best interests depending on their plan for the pursuit of other free agents in the next two years.

Bringing on Lee would allow the Bobcats to explore their trade options involving Emeka Okafor and add a true shooting guard to the roster.

However, Curry is a one-sided player, with a halfway-decent post up game and absolutely no defense.  The Bobcats would need to decide if they’re willing to put with the lack of defense in their front court.

On the other hand, the Knicks, who have made it clear about their free agency intentions, would cut an additional $2 Million in salary cap—which may or may not be helpful in their pursuit of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of the gang.

If the Knicks are unable to work out a deal with the Bobcats, I still see Curry being moved by the deadline.

The Pistons could possibly make a move for the Center—if they’re desperate.

He may not be the best Center in the league, but he’d provide some size for a team like Cleveland or Detroit, which could ultimately lead to a championship.