Eddy Curry is getting closer to receiving serious attention from the Miami Heat.
Tim Grover said last week that since Curry’s workout with Miami in late June, he has lost another 28 pounds and is now at 300. Curry weighed 350 when he auditioned for Miami in March.
Curry intrigues Pat Riley, who might offer him a minimum deal following the lockout if he loses another 12 pounds or so.
His skills “are there, no question,” Grover said.
Eddy Curry’s predicament is clear: If he loses at least 40 more pounds during the lockout, then the Heat likely will have renewed and genuine interest because Pat Riley remains highly intrigued by the 7-foot center. The question is whether he has the discipline to achieve that mighty challenge.
Curry, 28, reportedly topped 350 pounds during his late March workout for the Heat. He lost a lot more weight — in excess of 20 pounds — between that point and late June, when he auditioned again for the Heat over several days.
But he entered the lockout still at least 40 pounds overweight, according to a league official briefed on the situation.
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.
The Miami Heat are moving towards signing Eddy Curry for the playoffs, according to sources.
Heat president Pat Riley made plans to bring the 7-footer to Miami early next week for a workout and a medical physical with the ultimate objective to sign him, sources said.
Curry’s weight and personal problems have derailed what had been a productive career. It is believed Curry still weighs more than 350 pounds.
One league source estimated the probability of Miami signing Curry at “better than 50-50.” The Heat would need to cut a player for the playoffs, with rookie Dexter Pittman as a likely candidate to be waived.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com believes that the Heat will consider signing Eddy Curry, who was bought out by the Timberwolves on Tuesday.
Minnesota acquired him in a trade from New York last week.
“Look at the end of some of the playoff team benches. I know it’s a punch line but Curry will get looked at by teams. Including Heat,” Windhorst wrote on his Twitter page.
Carmelo Anthony could have been a member of the Knicks by Monday if the Knicks were willing to meet Denver’s asking price for the All-Star forward.
New York president Donnie Walsh so far is not willing to meet the trade terms Denver would require to deal Anthony to New York, which one Knicks official classified as “steep.”
According to the source, “there is a deal to be made” but the most recent incarnation was not to Walsh’s liking.
The Nuggets offered Anthony and Chauncey Billups to the Knicks for Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Eddy Curry, another starter and at least one first-round pick.
The Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks are discussing a three-team trade that would make forward Carmelo Anthony a Knick before the Feb. 24 trade deadline, according to league sources.
In the proposed trade, New York would send Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry to Minnesota and the Timberwolves would send Corey Brewer and a first-round pick to Denver.
Denver would also receive Wilson Chandler from New York.
The deal is not expected to happen until the middle of next week at the earliest, and one source said it could drag out until the trade deadline. Denver, which has been exchanging proposals with the Knicks for the past couple weeks, is weighing other options.
Eddy Curry was excluded during Saturday’s elaborate player introductions during the home opener — the lone Knick not presented. But the embattled center still plans to make a return.
Curry has not practiced since the second day of training camp when he strained his hamstring. A Knicks official said Curry was in the locker room during intros and the game.
It is unclear whose decision it was to not be introduced. The other 14 players were introduced separately amidst a laser-light production. Curry, whose expiring contract is a trade asset, likely would have been booed heavily.
The New York Knicks have made significant progress in recent days in their efforts to acquire Carmelo Anthony, a source told ESPN.com Tuesday.
The offers the Knicks have proposed have always centered around packages including Anthony Randolph, the expiring contract of Eddy Curry and a first-round draft pick they would acquire from a third team.
New York has softened its stance on including forward Danilo Gallinari in a trade.
The most recent obstacle, according to the source, was for the Knicks to use one of those assets, likely Randolph or Gallinari, to acquire a player from a third team that the Nuggets value more highly than either of the Knicks forwards. The source said that obstacle can now be overcome, with the Knicks confident they can get their hands on a player the Nuggets would prefer.
The Knicks are planning to waive center Eddy Curry after February’s trade deadline, according to a report in The New York Post.
Curry’s expiring contract will no longer be a trade chip after the deadline.
He strained his hamstring early in training camp and is expected to be out for at least four to six weeks.