The Miami Heat recently worked out Eddy Curry and reports indicate that there is interest in signing the 9 year center. In order to make room for Curry, it is also being reported that rookie center Dexter Pittman would be released.
In Curry, the Heat would be adding a player who has played in only 10 games over the last 10 seasons. Yes, when Curry was drafted he was surrounded by hype and promise. So was Kwame Brown.
At this point of his career, Curry has become a punchline. An absurd salary that New York was desperate to unload.
It is difficult to see how Curry could be of much value to the Miami Heat. He does not defend well, and he does not rebound well. Those are the two things the Heat would need most from him.
The one thing Curry does do well is score. He would be the best option Miami has in the post provided that he signs. However the Heat are not in need of scoring. They are efficient enough on offense.
In my opinion, it is not worth giving up on Pittman this early in order to obtain someone who is already known league-wide as a bust. Pittman has performed well in the D-League this year, averaging 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Curry for his career has averaged 14 points and just 5 rebounds.
I understand that fans get excited at the idea of adding someone who was once a big name, but the truth is that Curry is not a good player and would not be a good addition to this roster. Especially at this point of the season.
Give Pittman more time to develop as he has the body and the frame to be exactly what Miami needs from the center position. He is a very big body that can at the very least occupy space around the rim and grab rebounds.
Curry has not shown the desire or the ability to rebound throughout his career. Pair that with the fact that he could not get on the court in New York for the past two seasons and the answer becomes crystal clear. Eddy Curry is not any good.
Ultimately, it is debating one of the final roster spots on a team that is contending for a championship. Neither Pittman or Curry would receive much playing time if any in the playoffs.
This is certainly a move that is looking forward to next year. Keeping that in mind there are many more options for the Heat to look at, Greg Oden being the obvious one.
My point is that Eddy Curry is not worth adding because he simply is not going to add anything of value to this team at this point. I would rather have the younger, harder working guy who has been with the team since training camp.